Objective: The objective of this study was to identify the magnitude and consequences of and potential risk factors for fall-related injuries among agricultural operation households.
Methods: Demographic, injury, and exposure data were collected through 1999 from 3765 households in a five-state region. A causal model facilitated survey design, data analyses, and interpretation of results; directed acyclic graphs guided multivariate modeling.
Results: The 16,538 participants experienced 766 fall-related injury events (48.3 per 1000 persons). Consequences included lost agricultural and other work time. Increased risks involved residence in states other than Minnesota, male gender, and injury history. Decreased risks were among those less than 35 years of age and those who worked 40 hours or less per week.
Conclusions: Fall-related injury is a major problem for the agricultural population. This effort serves as a basis for further in-depth research.
From the Regional Injury Prevention Research Center, Center for Violence Prevention and Control, Occupational Injury Prevention Research Training Program, Division of Environmental Health, School of Public Health Sciences, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Support for this effort was provided, in part, by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services (R01 CCR514375); the Occupational Injury Epidemiology and Control Program, University of Minnesota (T42/CCT510-422); and the Regional Injury Prevention Research Center, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Collaborators included the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service and representatives from each of the participating five states.
Address correspondence to: Susan Goodwin Gerberich, PhD, Professor and Director, Regional Injury Prevention Research Center, Center for Violence Prevention and Control, and Occupational Injury Prevention Research Training Program, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, MMC 807, 420 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org