Department of Public Health Sciences

Farm-related fatalities among children in California, 1980 to 1989

Schenker, M. B., R. Lopez and G. Wintemute

Am J Public Health. 1995. 85(1):89-92.

To evaluate farm-related deaths among children in California and to identify specific risk factors, this study used death certificate tapes to identify 40 farm-related deaths among children under age 15 in California for 1980 to 1989. Mortality rates and odds ratios for cause- specific unintentional farm deaths were calculated. While California's farm-related mortality rate was lower than those in the midwestern states studied, the rate for Hispanic boys was 70% higher than that for non-Hispanics. The odds of death from machinery (81.3), animals (10.1), electricity (5.2), and nontraffic motor vehicles (3.4) were significantly greater than those in nonfarm locations; those from drowning were significantly lower (0.2). Specific factors associated with the lower California mortality rate need to be identified.

Keywords: Accidents/*mortality, Adolescence, *Agriculture, California/epidemiology, Child, Child, Preschool, Female, Hispanic Americans/statistics & numerical data, Human, Infant, Male, Risk Factors, Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

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