Childhood ag injuries declining

Created: 2/03/11 (Thu) | Topic: Education

A scientific survey conducted by the Agriculture Department’s National Agricultural Statistics Service for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health shows the rate of childhood injury on farms and ranches has declined by nearly 60 percent since 1998, thanks to effective research and public awareness efforts.

The marked decline is attributed to injuries and deaths affecting children on farms no longer being viewed as unavoidable accidents, but rather as predictable and preventable events. The rate of injuries fell 59 percent, from 16.6 to 6.8 per 1,000 farms (includes all children who live on, visit or are hired to work on farms), during the period 1998-2009. Injury rates calculated for just youth who live on farms also showed a significant decline, from 18.8 to 9.9 per 1,000 farms, or 47.3 percent, according to the survey.

Agricultural Safety Awareness Week 2011, a program of the Farm Bureau Safety and Health Network, is March 6-12.

North Dakota Farm Bureau's ABC on the Farm program provides ag safety awareness for children in second and fifth grade.

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