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A Comparison of Agricultural Injuries Between the Young and Elderly: New York and Kentucky

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health. 5(1): 73-82 . (doi: 10.13031/2013.5701) @1999
Authors:   K. H. Gelberg, T. W. Struttmann, M. A. London
Keywords:   Agriculture, Elderly, Injuries, Surveillance.

Injury cases from the New York and Kentucky Occupational Health Nurses in Agricultural Communities programs were examined for differences between those aged 18 to 59 and those greater than 59 years to identify and understand unique factors associated with the older farmer. Overall, the injuries sustained by the elderly were more severe than those in the younger age group. A significantly higher frequency of injuries caused by machines, especially tractors, and overexertion occurred in the older age group. The older population experienced more fatal injuries and injuries which resulted in hospitalizations than the younger population. Further research is needed about factors contributing to these injuries including physical limitations, economic issues and behavior.

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