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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2012

Occupational Accidents Among Elderly Farmers in Sweden

Nilsson, Kerstin; Pinzke, Stefan


The workforce in many countries nowadays is becoming older due to demographic change. Compared with many other occupations, farmers often work until a higher age. This study analysed occupational accidents to farmers in Sweden from an age perspective using data on 223 work injuries on farms and 990 road accidents involving tractors. The results showed that older farmers were not significantly more often injured than younger farmers, but appeared to suffer more hits and kicks from animals and were involved in more vehicle accidents than younger farmers. Older tractor drivers were more often involved in road turning accidents and in overtaking accidents involving private cars. Older farmers also sustained more skeletal injuries and took longer to heal after an accident.


Elderly farmer; occupational accidents; older worker

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2012, Volume: 41, number: Supplement 1, pages: 5324-5326

    SLU Authors

    • Sustainable Development Goals

      SDG3 Good health and well-being
      SDG8 Decent work and economic growth

      UKÄ Subject classification

      Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
      Agricultural Occupational Health and Safety

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