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Release: Nov. 23, 1999

Johnson, Rautiainen publish research on farm death

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Investigators from the University of Iowa's Institute for Rural and Environmental Health in the College of Public Health have authored an article in the November issue of Wallaces Farmer discussing the death of an Iowa woman.

The woman was killed last year during harvest time when a seemingly stable grain wagon filled with soybeans tipped over, crushing her. Investigators Wayne Johnson and Risto Rautiainen detail in their article appropriate precautions farmers can take to prevent similar accidents.

The investigation was conducted by the Iowa FACE (Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation) program, a federally funded initiative to better understand and prevent workplace fatalities in Iowa.

For more information about the study, contact Johnson at (319) 335-4351 or Rautiainen at (319) 335-4887.

The Institute for Rural and Environmental Health is in the Occupational and Environmental Health department of the College of Public Health. Its primary purpose is to provide educational experience through interdisciplinary research and teaching with respect to environmental factors that affect health. A major emphasis is placed on the occupational health problems in agriculture and industries.