This is the tenth issue of the AgInjuryNews quarterly newsletter. We hope these will keep our users and collaborators better informed of ongoing initiatives and milestone achievements. As always, if you have any questions, please connect with us.
Child Injuries Fact Sheet updated
Youth worker fatalities in agriculture exceed all other industries combined, according to the updated 2022 Childhood Agricultural Injuries Fact Sheet published by the National Children’s Center. Other notable statistics:
  • Youth under age 16 have 12 times the risk of ATV injuries (both fatal and non-fatal) compared to adults.
  • From 2001 to 2015, 48 percent of all fatal occupational injuries to young workers occurred in agriculture.
  • Leading reported sources of fatalities involved transportation (47%), which includes tractors and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), and contact with machinery (20 percent).
“There is no central database on childhood agricultural injuries,” said Bryan Weichelt, Ph.D., who led the fact sheet initiative alongside Rick Burke, MPH. “In putting together this fact sheet we drew upon the best available data from a variety of sources.” 
Updates from Canadian Ag Safety Association (CASA)
The team continues to monitor Canadian news media for agricultural injury reports, and enters them into AgInjuryNews on a regular basis. “We’ve now entered more than 220 reports since beginning our partnership with the AIN team,” added Christine Maynard, the data specialist for Canadian AIN reports and Administrative Manager at CASA. “The data is most certainly useful to our team, and to our stakeholders, and having it available and online makes it even easier to share. The stories are powerful, and can be a useful part of injury prevention programming.” It is expected that the partnership will continue, as many benefit from the arrangement, especially the broader ag safety and health stakeholder community. 
Regional Support Options
Looking for resources or support specific to your U.S. region? The NIOSH Centers for Agricultural Safety and Health are available to help. There are currently 11 funded centers around the country, focused on research, education, outreach, and agricultural injury prevention. For more information, visit:
5000+ Milestone
We have now collected more than 4,500 reports detailing the injuries of more than 5,000 victims involved in AgFF incidents. Our team continues to collect, load, and code injury cases. With the help of modern software solutions, and sustained support from our collaborators, we will continue to distribute these data and information. As always, we encourage your questions, input, and involvement. There is much work to be done on the ag safety and health front.
Storytelling for safety
The first article in the National Children’s Center’s new Storytelling project is online. Jaxon Boomsma, 7, died in a tractor-related incident at a relative’s farm in South Dakota five years ago. The article addresses the incident, the grief, the family’s decision to become safety advocates in honor of Jaxon, and the importance of saying “no” to extra riders on tractors. The Storytelling project builds on experiences and partnerships with the translational Telling the Story Project (, a collaboration of the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health (GPCAH), the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH), the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH), and the National Farm Medicine Center (NFMC).  
ATV/UTV safety campaign
“Whether you are riding to work or riding to play, please ride to live by being safe.” That is the message of the new ATV/UTV safety campaign by the Childhood Agricultural Safety Network, the latest in a series of CASN campaigns. For additional ATV-UTV safety strategies, resources and incident stories please download the trifold brochure, available in both a digital-optimized format and a printable version with crop marks. In the U.S., there are more than 100,000 emergency room visits annually due to ATV/UTV injuries, and approximately 650 people die in ATV/UTV incidents each year. Up to 50 percent of these injury and fatality incidents involve children.
Public and Occupational Health in Sustainable Agriculture (Hybrid)
August 22-24 in Odense, Denmark
The scientific program will cover major topics related to current research and solution implementation in occupational health and safety (OHS) in agriculture. The program will encompass presentations on health and safety issues, the work environment, and sustainable alternatives for reducing negative health effects and environmental pollution.
For information contact:
WOS 2022. 11th International Conference on the Prevention of Accidents at Work
September 25-28 in Algarve, Portugal
The main theme of the conference is "Focus on Humans in a Technological World". is an international network of decision makers, researchers and professionals responsible for the prevention of accidents and trauma at work.
Safety 2022. World Conference on Injury Prevention & Safety Promotion. (Sessions on agriculture).
November 27-30 in Adelaide, Australia
The 14th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion will be held from 27-30 November 2022 in Adelaide, Australia. Hosted by the Public Health Association of Australia and Co-Sponsored by the World Health Organization, and other key national and international organizations, Safety 2022 aims to bring together the global injury prevention community to continue the successful world conferences highlighting the important research, work and advocacy in injury prevention and safety promotion.
Citing AgInjuryNews
To view an updated listing of peer-reviewed manuscripts resulting from the work related to AgInjuryNews, please visit our Learn More page. If interested in citing the system/data, please use this:
Weichelt, B., Salzwedel, M., Heiberger, S., Lee, B.C. (2018). Establishing a Publicly Available National Database of U.S News Articles Reporting Agriculture-Related Injuries and Fatalities. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 61(8), 667-674.

The AgInjuryNews Core Team
Bryan Weichelt PhD, MBA, Associate Research Scientist, NFMC
Serap Gorucu PhD,
Assistant Professor
University of Florida
Christine Maynard Balcaen
Canadian Agricultural Safety Association
Kyle Koshalek
Project Manager,
Christopher Wanat,
Research Coordinator,
Matt Pilz
Programmer/Analyst, NFMC
Rick Burke, MPH
Research Specialist, NFMC
Christopher Benny
Research Coordinator, NFMC

Meet the New Team Member!
Chris Wanat is the newest addition to our AgInjuryNews team. With previous experience working as a Vascular Ultrasound technician and as a retail sales manager. He combines his managerial organization and planning techniques and his patient care experience with his newly acquired knowledge of agricultural injury and prevention to enter case data into AgInjuryNews’ unique coding system.

Contributors to this Issue
In addition to our Core Team the following have contributed to this issue of the AIN Newsletter: Marie Fleisner and Scott Heiberger. Thank you!

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