Farm-related injury presenting to an Australian base hospital

Aust J Rural Health. 2003 Dec;11(6):292-302. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2003.00537.x.


Objective: Data concerning farm-related injuries were collected from the Emergency Department at Tamworth Base Hospital over a 12-month period from 1 September 1997.

Aim of study: The aim of the study was to collect information at a local level to establish baselines with a view to developing prevention strategies. All people who presented with a farm injury or illness to the emergency department participated in the study.

Results: During this period there were 384 injuries, of which nearly three-quarters were males (72.2%). Four injuries were fatal. The average rate of injury per 100 farms per annum in the service area of the Hospital was 30 per 100 farms (range 9-80 per 100 farms, per annum). Half (54.1%) of the people injured were employed at the time of the injury. Horses (21.1%) and motorcycles (15.8%) were the two most common injury agents.

Conclusion: The information gained can be used to direct injury prevention at a local level and may be also used at the national level as a guide when grouped with other similar studies of different commodity groups.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Home / mortality
  • Accidents, Home / prevention & control
  • Accidents, Home / statistics & numerical data
  • Accidents, Occupational / mortality
  • Accidents, Occupational / prevention & control
  • Accidents, Occupational / statistics & numerical data*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Agriculture*
  • Cause of Death
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Hospitals, Rural / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Needs Assessment
  • New South Wales / epidemiology
  • Population Surveillance
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Distribution
  • Surveys and Questionnaires