reference : Heat-related deaths among crop workers—United States, 1992–2006

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Abstract Workers employed in outdoor occupations such as farming are exposed to hot and humid environments that put them at risk for heat-related illness or death. This report describes one such death and summarizes heat-related fatalities among crop production workers in the United States during 1992--2006. During this 15-year period, 423 workers in agricultural and nonagricultural industries were reported to have died from exposure to environmental heat; 68 (16%) of these workers were engaged in crop production or support activities for crop production. The heat-related average annual death rate for these crop workers was 0.39 per 100,000 workers, compared with 0.02 for all U.S. civilian workers. Data aggregated into 5-year periods indicated that heat-related death rates among crop workers might be increasing; however, trend analysis did not indicate a statistically significant increase. Prevention of heat-related deaths among crop workers requires educating employers and workers on the hazards of working in hot environments, including recognition of heat-related illness symptoms, and implementing appropriate heat stress management measures.
Author CDC,
Date Jun 20
ISSN 1545-861X (Electronic) 0149-2195 (Linking)
Issue 24
Journal MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Keywords Adult; Agriculture/*statistics & numerical data; Female; Heat Stress Disorders/*mortality; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Occupational Diseases/*mortality; United States/epidemiology
Pages 649-653
Title Heat-related deaths among crop workers—United States, 1992–2006
Volume 57
Year 2008
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_record_number 16418
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