The status of agricultural injuries in Korea and implications

Sangbaek Koh, Ki Hyun Lee, Kyung Suk Lee

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This study aims to investigate the status of agricultural injuries and to suggest measures to prevent and to manage them. To determine the scale of agricultural injuries in Korea, fatal injury data were analyzed by securing from the Annual Report on the Cause of Death Statistics and moderate to severe injuries were analyzed from the Emergency Department-based Injury Surveillance System (EDBISS). Nationwide data on minor injuries were analyzed from the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES), the Korean Working Condition Survey (KWCS), and the Farmers Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illness. The SMR of farmers was significantly higher than that of other occupations. When the distribution of severity of injury was investigated from the EDBISS data, the injury severity of farmers was higher than that of other occupations. The rate of industrial injuries from the KWCS data was 4.51% in skilled agricultural and fishery workers, which was around twice as high as those of craft and related trade workers (2.27%) and plant and machine operators and assemblers (2.13%). The occupational injury reporting rate from KNHANES was the second highest, or 4.3%, in skilled agricultural and fishery workers, following that of plant and machine operators (6.2%), while the rates of manual workers, sales and service workers, clerks and professionals, and managers and administrators were 3.5%, 3.0%, 2.7%, and 2.1%, respectively (P <0.001). Social concern over this issue, a reporting system for occupational injuries, preventive measures such as safety education programs, and an accident compensation system are needed to prevent and manage agricultural injuries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1070-1077
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Korean Medical Association
Volume55
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Nov 1

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Korea
Wounds and Injuries
Occupational Injuries
Fisheries
Nutrition Surveys
Occupations
Hospital Emergency Service
Annual Reports
Occupational Diseases
Administrative Personnel
Information Systems
Accidents
Cause of Death
Farmers
Safety
Education

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Koh, Sangbaek ; Lee, Ki Hyun ; Lee, Kyung Suk. / The status of agricultural injuries in Korea and implications. In: Journal of the Korean Medical Association. 2012 ; Vol. 55, No. 11. pp. 1070-1077.
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