Causes of fatalities in older farmers vs. Perception of risk

Douglas Fiedler, Susanna Von Essen, David Morgan, Robert Grisso, Keith Mueller, Catherine Eberle

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This study looks at the relationship between causes of fatal farm injuries in older farmers and their concerns about farm safety. Nebraska farm fatality data were recorded over a 10 year period. Injuries involving tractors were the most common cause of death in farmers ≥55 years of age, with the rate being highest in those ≥75. Data on cause of death were compared with results from a telephone survey in which farmers rated their concern about risk associated with various farming activities. The analysis indicated that there was a discrepancy between where farmers ≥55 perceive danger and where the greatest risk actually lies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-22
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Agromedicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 24 1998


  • Aging
  • Agriculture
  • Farmer
  • Fatal injury
  • Risk perception
  • Safety education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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