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Work-related injuries and fatalities among farmers in South Korea

Title
Work-related injuries and fatalities among farmers in South Korea
Author
김인아
Keywords
agricultural injury; incidence; mortality; unintentional injury; Republic of Korea
Issue Date
2012-01
Publisher
John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Citation
American Journal Of Industrial Medicine, Jan 01 2012, 55(1), p.76-83
Abstract
BackgroundAgricultural injuries are increasing in South Korea according to its workforce's reduced size and increased age. Available data are insufficient to exactly understand present situation. This study evaluated the patterns and characteristics of agricultural injury and assessed the injury rates.MethodsWe analyzed the entry and compensation data compiled in 2005 by the Safety Aid System of Farm Workers, South Korea's government insurance for agricultural injury. We examined the general characteristics, rates, and mortality of agricultural injury.ResultsThere were 11,931 compensated events, including 219 compensated deaths. Farm injuries occurred most frequently in October, and most injuries were unintentional. The incidence and fatality rates were 16.67 per 1,000 person‐years and 30.59 per 100,000 person‐years, respectively. Most number of agricultural injuries occurred in October. The most common cause of deaths was accidents caused by machinery use (35.64%) for males and other transport accidents (23.53%) for females, while the most common cause of injuries for females was falls (45.39%). Incidence and mortality rate of agricultural injuries were higher in elders.ConclusionsAlthough injury rates may have been underestimated owing to data limitations, we are confident that South Korea's rate is higher than those seen in other countries or occupations. Am. J. Ind. Med. 55:76–83, 2012. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
URI
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ajim.21016http://repository.hanyang.ac.kr/handle/20.500.11754/69365
ISSN
0271-3586
DOI
10.1002/ajim.21016
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