The Farm Fatality and Injury Database of Ohio ( FFIDO): Dr. Dee Jepsen
Summary: Program involves surveillance of agricultural fatalities and injuries in Ohio, interpretation of data, and design of outreach programming.
Situation: Agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries in the U.S.
Response: The results of the FFIDO surveillance efforts are used to guide current and future research and outreach initiatives in the State Agricultural Safety Office. FFIDO tracks all agricultural fatal incidents in Ohio, classifying the injury agents involved as well as victim demographics. By monitoring trends and understanding the scope of the problem the OSU State Safety Team offers many research-based safety education programs, demonstrations, and publications aimed at teaching injury prevention and life-saving information. Using Ohio's agricultural surveillance data as the cornerstone of this process enables the strategies to be accurate and relevant in addressing the true problem.
Impact (2001 - 2010): Fatalities in agriculture have decreased from recent years, with 2009 reporting the least number of agricultural deaths in the last 10 years. Deaths on Ohio farms have dropped from 34 fatalities in 2001, to 21 fatalities in 2010. The tractor continues to be the hazardous agent on the farm with tractor rollovers contributing 66% of the fatalities.