Agricultural accidents: A study of 132 patients seen at addenbrooke's hospital, Cambridge, in 12 monthsBr Med J 1969; 4 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.4.5677.193 (Published 25 October 1969) Cite this as: Br Med J 1969;4:193
- D. K. C. Cooper
In a 12-month study 132 patients injured in agricultural accidents were treated at the Accident Service of Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. Agricultural machinery and implements were concerned in 50% of the accidents and animals in 10%. The state of immunity against tetanus of these patients was found to be extremely low, only 9% being fully immunized, and 56% having never received a course of prophylactic adsorbed tetanus toxoid.
While prevention is obviously the only real solution to accidents of any nature, legislation is not enough to achieve this, and the final responsibility lies with the farmworker to ensure that all safety precautions are followed.