Federal Survey Shows Risks to Young Kids on Farms

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- New federal data show a greater risk of injury to young children on farms even though the overall number of youth hurt in agricultural accidents continues to decline.

The Childhood Agricultural Injury Survey estimates 14,000 youth under age 20 were hurt on farms in 2012. That's about 2,000 less than in 2009, when the survey was last done.

But the rate of injury among children under 10 has increased from an estimated 6.6 injuries per 1,000 children in 2009 to 11.3 in 2012.

Barbara Lee is the principal investigator for the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, which released the data this week. She says young children are struck by vehicles or livestock and the safest thing is to keep them out of work areas.

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