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Hann Sook Kim 1 Article
Agricultural Accidents in Farm Workers
Hann Sook Kim, Yeon Hee Choi
J Korean Acad Community Health Nurs. 2007;18(4):643-650.   Published online December 31, 2007
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PURPOSE
This study was to obtain information regarding to agricultural accidents in farm workers in the Kyungpook area.
METHODS
A questionnaire survey was carried out for 528 workers from the 1st to 31st of March, 2007. Frequency, percentage, mean and chi-square test with the SPSS program were used to analyze the data.
RESULTS
The causes of agricultural accidents include falling(29.0%), overseeing(18.9%), traffic accident(17.4%), putting between machinery(11.7%), crashing(5.3%), fire(0.6%) in the order of frequency. Injuries from agricultural accidents include fracture(44.7%) cerebral bleeding(10.4%), amputation(7.0%), airway obstruction(2.3%), burn(1.9%), drug addiction(1.9%) in the order of frequency. The largest proportion of the subjects of hospital treatment were in their 50s and belonged to the group of high-level economic state. Agricultural machinery collision was the most frequent cause among the subjects of hospital treatment.
CONCLUSION
These results suggest that carelessness can be a potential risk factor for agricultural accidents in farm workers. These findings may give useful information for developing agricultural accident prevention programs for farm workers.

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