Researchers and policy makers could be doing more to prevent childrens injuries on farms, says a new study from the University of Alberta.
Published this month in Pediatrics, the study says there is a lack of evidence to show which programs are effective in preventing injuries to children on farms. Each year, three to four children under 15 years of age die, and more than 75 are hospitalized, as a result of injuries occurring on Alberta farms and ranches. "Given the magnitude and severity of the problem, its surprising there is such little evidence available for people who would like to know whether or not the programs we have in place are working," said Lisa Hartling, one of the authors of the paper and a co-director of the Alberta Research Centre for Child Health Evidence at the U of A.
Children who live on farms have an increased risk of serious, even fatal, injury compared to children in general across Canada. "The fact that farms serve as worksites, places of recreation and homes makes them a unique environment that exposes children to particular hazards," Hartling said. "The traditional means of reducing injuries in any worksite are through education, regulations, and technological improvements that make equipment safer to use," she added.
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