City of Hamilton - Public Health Services
Injury Prevention - Rural & Farm Safety
|Farms and rural areas are important part of a community. These areas are unique because they have ponds, streams, animals, machines, equipment and vehicles not found in residential areas.|
These conditions increase the risk of preventable deaths and injuries to people who visit, live and work on farms and in rural areas.
- In Ontario, from 1990 to 2004, the leading causes of agricultural injuries and hospitalizations were:
- machine entanglements
- animal-related events
- falls from height
- machine runovers and rollovers
- being pinned or struck by a machine
- falls on the same level
- A large number of fatalities and injuries on Ontario farms were in children under the age of 16 years.
- Older adults had a much higher death rate than younger adults aged 15-59; deaths in those over the 80 were the highest.
- Adults aged 65 and over also had the highest rates of injuries requiring a hospital stay. Most (26%) of these injuries were due to falls.
Most of these deaths and injuries were predictable and preventable and were not accidents.