Risk factors associated with sick leave due to work-related injuries in Dutch farmers: an exploratory case-control study

E. Hartman, K. Frankena, H.H.E. Oude Vrielink, M. Nielen, J.H.M. Metz, R.B.M. Huirne

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Abstract

Using data from an insurance company, the occurrence of sick leave among Dutch farmers due to work-related injuries, and the epidemiological risk factors were investigated. In this case-control study the cases had filed a sick leave claim for work-related injury from 19982001 and the controls had not filed any claim in this period. Most (74%) of all injuries were work-related. The most frequent types of injury (63%) were bruises, sprains/strains and fractures. Multivariable logistic regression analysis showed that farmers working in dairy farming (OR = 2.6) or pig husbandry (OR = 2.7), older farmers (OR = 1.48 per 10 years) and smokers (OR= 1.7) were at increased risk. Within dairy farming, a significant factor was contact with cows (OR=1.7 per 500 h); within pig husbandry, working > 60 h per week was a significant factor (OR = 2.2). The population attributable risk was 24% for elimination of smoking, 23% for halving the number of hours' contact with cows in dairy farming and 18% for elimination of a working duration > 60 h per week in pig husbandry. Effective measures to prevent sick leave might be raising awareness that older farmers and smokers are at increased risk, and a focus on the risks of working with animals. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)807-823
JournalSafety Science
Volume42
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Keywords

  • agricultural injuries
  • hazard surveillance
  • occupational injury
  • family health
  • population
  • operators
  • accidents
  • alabama
  • women
  • iowa

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