Injuries to farmers and farm families in a dairy state

J Occup Med. 1992 Apr;34(4):414-21.


This study examined injuries among farmers and farm family treated at two rural Vermont hospitals. Most involved dairy farming and woodlot activities. Livestock accounted for 38% of injuries among dairy farmers. Other injuries involved a variety of events, including equipment repair and use, haying, chemicals and biologicals, falls, and contacts with fixed objects. Half of woodlot injuries involved chainsaws. On average, livestock-related injuries resulted in 21.5 days of disability for work during the first 6 months after injury, whereas those not involving livestock averaged 16.2 days of disability. On dairy farms 14% of farming injuries were to family members, and at least a third of all injuries to farm family members were work related. Insurance coverage for medical care was sparse for all rural persons treated for injury, especially for woodlot operators.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Occupational / economics
  • Accidents, Occupational / statistics & numerical data*
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Dairying / economics
  • Dairying / statistics & numerical data*
  • Forestry / economics
  • Forestry / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Insurance, Health
  • Vermont / epidemiology
  • Wounds and Injuries / economics
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*