Canadian Journal of Public Health

, Volume 102, Issue 1, pp 51–54 | Cite as

Trends in Farm Fatalities, Saskatchewan, Canada: 1990–2004

  • Syed M. Shah
  • Louise Hagel
  • Hyun Lim
  • Niels Koehncke
  • James A. Dosman
Quantitative Research



This study was conducted to estimate farm fatality rates and to describe patterns of fatal agricultural injury on Saskatchewan farms from 1990 to 2004.


We used data available from the Canadian Agricultural Injury Surveillance Program (CAISP) for farm work-related fatalities in Saskatchewan, Canada from January 1990 to December 2004.


There were 251 farm work-related fatalities recorded between 1990 and 2004 in Saskatchewan. The majority (92%) of work-related fatalities were in males. The overall fatality rate was 11.9 (95% CI, 2.0–30.1) per 100,000. The overall age-adjusted work-related fatality rate was 32.1 (95% CI, 19.6–44.6) per 100,000 among males and 3.2 (95% CI, 1.3–5.1) per 100,000 among females. Age-adjusted rate increased from 29.3 (95% CI, 6.9–59.3) per 100,000 in 1990–1994 to 37.1 per 100,000 in 2000–2004 in males. Trend analysis of the fatality rate of all cases showed an average annual increase of 3.8% and it was statistically significant (p<0.05). Bystander and runover injuries contributed to a high proportion of fatalities in children (32.1%) and the elderly population (26.7%).


The burden of injury mortality is substantial and there has been a statistically significant upward trend in injury rate over the 15-year study period. High vigilance is needed on the part of adults to prevent a high proportion of runover injuries in children and the elderly population.

Key words

Injury surveillance farm fatality agriculture Saskatchewan 



Estimer les taux et décrire la structure des accidents mortels survenus dans les exploitations agricoles de la Saskatchewan entre 1990 et 2004.


Nos données sur les accidents agricoles mortels survenus en Saskatchewan, au Canada, entre janvier 1990 et décembre 2004 sont tirées du Programme canadien de surveillance des blessures en milieu agricole (PCSBMA).


On a enregistré 251 accidents agricoles mortels entre 1990 et 2004 en Saskatchewan. La majorité (92 %) des accidents mortels liés au travail sont survenus chez des hommes. Le taux global d’accidents mortels était de 11,9 (IC de 95 %, 2,0–30,1) p. 100 000. Le taux global d’accidents du travail mortels rajusté selon l’âge était de 32,1 (IC de 95 %, 19,6–44,6) p. 100 000 chez les hommes et de 3,2 (IC de 95 %, 1,3–5,1) p. 100 000 chez les femmes. Le taux rajusté selon l’âge a augmenté, passant de 29,3 (IC de 95 %, 6,9–59,3) p. 100 000 en 1990- 1994 à 37,1 p. 100 000 entre 2000 et 2004 chez les hommes. L’analyse des tendances des taux d’accidents mortels, tous cas confondus, fait état d’une augmentation annuelle moyenne de 3,8 %, et cette hausse est significative (p<0,05). Les blessures de tiers et les écrasements ont contribué à la proportion élevée d’accidents mortels chez les enfants (32,1 %) et les personnes âgées (26,7 %).


Le fardeau des accidents mortels est considérable, et l’on observe un mouvement de hausse significatif dans les taux de blessures sur les 15 années de l’étude. Une stricte vigilance est de mise de la part des adultes pour prévenir une grande proportion des blessures liées aux écrasements chez les enfants et les personnes âgées.

Mots clés

accidents surveillance accidents agricoles mortels agriculture Saskatchewan 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Syed M. Shah
    • 1
    • 2
  • Louise Hagel
    • 2
  • Hyun Lim
    • 3
  • Niels Koehncke
    • 2
  • James A. Dosman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences (FMHS)UAE UniversityAl AinUnited Arab Emirates
  2. 2.Canadian Centre for Health & Safety in AgricultureUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  3. 3.Department of Community Health and EpidemiologyUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada

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