Research Institution: Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO.
Workers' compensation experience of Colorado agriculture workers, 2000–2004†
Article first published online: 11 OCT 2006
Copyright © 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume 49, Issue 11, pages 900–910, November 2006
How to Cite
Douphrate, D. I., Rosecrance, J. C. and Wahl, G. (2006), Workers' compensation experience of Colorado agriculture workers, 2000–2004. Am. J. Ind. Med., 49: 900–910. doi: 10.1002/ajim.20387
- Issue published online: 11 OCT 2006
- Article first published online: 11 OCT 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 AUG 2006
- The Colorado Injury Control and Research Center. Grant Number: R49/CCR811509
- High Plains Intermountain Center for Agriculture Health and Safety. Grant Number: U50 OH008085
- workers' compensation;
Agriculture is among the most hazardous of occupations. The lack of information regarding agriculture injuries or fatalities has been recognized as an obstacle for effective injury prevention. Workers' compensation claims data for non-fatal injuries among agriculture and agri-business workers in the State of Colorado between the years of 2000 and 2004.
Workers' compensation claims are utilized to estimate injury claim incidence rates, determine the distributions of sources, causes, types and body locations of injuries, and estimate the costs of these injuries.
Colorado agriculture and agri-business workers (e.g., cattle dealers, cattle or livestock raisers, dairy farmers) have high rates of injury claims, especially in sectors that involve interaction with animals or livestock. Grain milling operations had a high rate of injury claims among agri-business operations. Injuries related to animals, strains, machinery, and falls or slips were the most frequent among all occupations analyzed.
Understanding the occurrence of injuries among Colorado agriculture and agri-business workers is critical to implementing and evaluating effective intervention programs for specific agriculture-related occupations. The development of safety interventions that address the worker–animal interface, fall protection systems, machinery usage, and overexertion prevention strategies is recommended. Am. J. Ind. Med. 49:900–910, 2006. © 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.