Risk factors for work-related injury among male farmers in Iowa: a prospective cohort study

J Occup Environ Med. 2001 Jun;43(6):542-7. doi: 10.1097/00043764-200106000-00007.


Agriculture is one of the most hazardous occupations in the United States. We examined the work-related injury rate and risk factors among 290 Iowa male principal farm operators using a population-based, prospective study. Baseline data were collected between 1991 and 1994, and injury events were surveyed in the fall of 1995. Cumulative incidence of farmwork-related injury during the previous year was 10.5%. We found that depressive symptoms (odds ratio, 3.22; 95% confidence interval, 1.04 to 9.99) and the number of hours working with animals (odds ratio, 2.14; 95% confidence interval, 1.04 to 4.44) were associated with the incidence of farmwork-related injuries.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Occupational / statistics & numerical data*
  • Adult
  • Agriculture*
  • Cohort Studies
  • Depression / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Iowa
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Time Factors