Only falls and horses: Accidents and injuries in racehorse training

Filby, M. and Jackson, Craig and Turner, M. (2012) Only falls and horses: Accidents and injuries in racehorse training. Occupational Medicine, 62 (5). pp. 343-349. ISSN 09627480 (ISSN)

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Background: The horseracing training industry has largely been ignored in terms of active occupational health research. Aims: To provide baseline statistics on the specific nature and type of accidents that occurred in English horseracing stables during 2008. Methods: All 716 training yards/stables registered with the British Horseracing Authority were contacted in April/May 2009 to complete the Racing Injury Accident Statistical Survey. The survey asked respondents to detail all recorded accidents and injuries during 2008. Results: Two hundred and fifty-six yards (36%) provided usable responses. The proportion of different-sized yards was highly comparable with the sizes of yards in the national population. Employees per yard ranged from 1 to 121 (mean = 9 ± 14), with a total of 2293 employees (30% of the total 7558 UK yard staff). At the point of survey, participating yards housed between 0 and 243 horses (mean = 6 ± 32), with 6420 horses covered in this survey. One hundred and thirty yards (51%) reported no accidents. Of the remaining 126 yards, 665 accidents were reported, ranging from 1 to 58 accidents per establishment, equalling 5 accidents per yard (±7) or 3 accidents per yard for the entire sample. There was a mean of 53 horse-related accidents per month, and 96% were horse-related. Medical treatment was required for 50% of accidents. Conclusions: This representative sample covers the broad range of hazards, accidents and injuries in this difficult-to-access but unique industry. Recommendations for the management of accidents are made. © The Author 2012. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.

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July 2012Published
Uncontrolled Keywords: Accidents, Accidents;, Horseracing;, Horses;, Injuries;, Stables;, Yards., adult, animal, animal experiment, article, cross-sectional study, falling, female, horse, human, male, occupational accident, statistics, United Kingdom, Accidental Falls, Accidents, Occupational, Adult, Animals, Cross-Sectional Studies, England, Female, Horses, Humans, Male, Physical Conditioning, Animal, Young Adult
Subjects: CAH05 - veterinary sciences > CAH05-01 - veterinary sciences > CAH05-01-01 - veterinary medicine and dentistry
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Hussen Farooq
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2017 09:03
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 11:43

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