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Coda Change

Sep 9, 2016

The farm is a dangerous workplace. Accidents have an unusually high morbidity and mortality not only for the worker but also his/her family members. The reasons are multi-factorial but are the result of a complex interaction of environment, equipment, and human factors. Tractors are involved in the vast majority of agricultural deaths. No other industry uses 70-year-old machinery operated by workers whose age ranges from 10 to 90. How can we prevent such incidents?

Today’s presentation is from my viewpoint as a prehospital physician (who is a wannabe farmer & tractor mechanic) and longtime resident of an agricultural community. We will examine the details of a life threatening accident involving one of my neighbors which perfectly illustrates the multifaceted nature of agricultural trauma