Public Health Association of Nebraska Annual Conference



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Objective of project:

1. Compare the characteristics of fatal injuries reported by CFOI and CS-CASH media monitoring

2. Analyze the agreement between CFOI reported injuries and CS-CASH media monitoring fatal injuries

Planning/Research Method:


The Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) provides statistics on occupational fatalities, but information on individual cases is not reported. The Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH) tracks media reports of agricultural injury and fatality cases to augment CFOI data.


Data was obtained from variety of sources. The primary data source was "Google Alerts" and other sources includes press clippings and local media reports. The key words used for selecting relevant articles were “farm accident”, “farm incident”, “farm death”, “ranch accident”, “ranch death” and “livestock. All agricultural related incidents occurring in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Missouri and Kansas between 2012-June 2016 were selected for analysis. Data was obtained from CFOI database for different type of injury events and compared to those obtained from different media sources using 2 independent t test. An association between fatalities or farm injuries and other characteristics was determined in a using a Pearson Chi square and a multivariate analysis using a multiple logistic regression model.


We found significant differences in CS-CASH media monitoring data between fatal and non-fatal injuries. Google alerts included a higher proportion of roadway incidents, …, …, and … compared to data from press clips from print media. CFOI data included a higher proportion of …, …., and … fatalities compared to data from CS-CASH media monitoring.We found significant differences in CS-CASH media monitoring data between fatal and non-fatal injuries (p<0.0001). CFOI data included a higher proportion of injuries from struck, contact and fall when compared to CS-CASH media monitoring data. However, there is no significant difference between the CFOI data and the CS-CASH media monitoring of fatal injury data for “caught” (p=0.094)


This study suggests an agreement between CFOI data and media monitoring data for fatal injury events due to being caught in running equipment.

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Comparison of Agricultural Injury and Fatality Characteristics Obtained from Media Monitoring Versus Official Statistics

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