Pathologic features of farm and tractor-related fatalities in children

Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 1999 Mar;20(1):73-7. doi: 10.1097/00000433-199903000-00018.


A study of 15 childhood fatalities due to farm or tractor-related accidents demonstrated extensive injuries typified by crushing, evisceration, and amputation of limbs. Although these injuries are characteristic of industrial accidents in adults, such accidents do not commonly occur in children. However, the unique circumstance of the farm, which incorporates home and industrial environments, results in particularly severe patterns of injuries in accidental childhood deaths. A knowledge of the range of machines that are used and the environment of the farm facilitates assessment of the types of injuries that may be found at autopsy in cases of pediatric farm accident.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Occupational / mortality*
  • Adolescent
  • Agriculture*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Equipment Safety
  • Female
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Multiple Trauma / mortality
  • Multiple Trauma / pathology*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • South Australia / epidemiology