Exploratory Research / Feasibility Studies

Northeastern farm and forestry fatality tracking Northeastern farm and forestry fatality tracking

Surveillance #2: New Surveillance Strategy for Farming and Forestry Injury

The growing availability of electronic administrative datasets has provided an opportunity to explore these data for agricultural and forestry related injury and fatality. Inpatient and emergency department records, pre-hospital care reports (ambulance reports) and death certificates are used to identify non-fatal and fatal injury cases. Six northeastern states (ME, NH, VT, NY, NJ, and MD) are part of the study.

In addition, NYCAMH contracts with a new scanning consultant that regularly reviews over 100 electronic news sources for reports of farm or forestry fatalities in these states. This is believed to be an inexpensive and efficient source of fatality data that can be used on its own or to supplement other data sources. This will provide NYCAMH information on fatality trends beyond New York State across the NEC region.