Why we do it

1,975

of accidental agricultural deaths were recorded in Canada from 1990 to 2008. Average per year:104Average rate:12.9 per 100,000 92% were male.

70%

The annual economic loss deaths in Canada were related to machinery. 46% were caused by rollovers, runovers and entanglements.

47%

of those killed were farmer/owner operators. 14% were their children.

Agricultural injuries have been recognized as an important rural health issue since the 1960s, when the problem was first recognized in the medical literature. At that time, some provincial groups began to monitor agricultural injuries, but only recently have substantial national resources been committed to the study of agricultural injuries.

When compared with other Canadian industrial sectors, agriculture is a dangerous occupation.Agriculture ranks as the fourth most hazardous industry in Canada with respect to rates of fatal injury. In terms of absolute numbers of fatalities, there is no more dangerous occupation.

Economic costs associated with agricultural injuries are also substantial. In 2004, agriculture-related injuries in Canada cost $465 million dollars. Unintentional injuries accounted for the majority of costs, 80% of all agriculture related injury costs ($374 million).

Until the establishment of CAIR, Canadian data on agricultural injuries were limited. This surveillance program has filled an important void in providing national evidence of agricultural injury occurrence that can be used in developing and targeting effective injury-prevention strategies.