Surveillance of injuries in production agriculture is necessary to inform stakeholders about workplace hazards and risks in order to improve and advance injury prevention policies and practices for this dangerous industry. The most comprehensive fatal injury surveillance effort currently in the United States is the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), which covers occupational fatalities in all U.S. industries, including production agriculture. However, this surveillance does not include many categories of fatalities that occur during agricultural work or on production agriculture worksites. To better capture the human cost of production agriculture, the authors of this paper call for the collection of additional data with a broader scope that supplements, not replaces, the current CFOI. This paper describes challenges in surveillance, highlights key procedural gaps, and offers recommendations for advancing national surveillance of fatal traumatic injuries associated with production agriculture.
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Funding support was provided through the National Farm Medicine Center, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, and National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Cooperative Agreement U54 OH009568. Funding support was also provided by the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Cooperative Agreement U54 OH007542, and the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health via the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Cooperative Agreement U54 OH010162.
Weichelt, Bryan; Scott, Erika; Burke, Rick; Shutske, John; Gorucu, Serap; Sanderson, Wayne T.; Madsen, Murray; Redmond, Emily; Murphy, Dennis J.; and Rautiainen, Risto, "What about the Rest of Them? Fatal Injuries Related to Production Agriculture Not Captured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI)" (2021). Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Faculty Publications. 243.