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February 24, 1951


JAMA. 1951;145(8):564. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920260032010

Much has been accomplished by the national, state and local safety councils in the prevention of traffic and industrial accidents, but too little has been achieved in the reduction of farm accidents. In 1939 Powers1 stated that farming was the most hazardous occupation in our country. His analysis of 310 accidents, occurring in a rural section of New York State and treated at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, N. Y., revealed the deplorable lack of prevention in the farming industry. Stimulated by the above report Creevey2 reviewed, in 1942, a series of 370 farm casualties admitted to the McLellan Hospital in Cambridge, N. Y., during the 20 years from 1920 to 1940. Creevey listed, among other factors contributing to the high accident rate in farming, the fact that the farmer, without special training, has to be a jack-of-all-trades— planter, lumberjack, carpenter, machinist, plumber, builder and animal trainer.