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I am looking for the number of deaths caused by the natural fall of coconuts from trees each year.

  • Number of deaths each year worldwide, estimated if needed
  • Bonus for extra information about each death, such as country and date
  • Must exclude coconuts that have been thrown rather than felt from the tree normally
  • Data for recent years, though further historical data is good too if available

Wikipedia only talks about separated incidents, without giving any statistics.

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    So, going on vacation? – Franck Dernoncourt Nov 21 '15 at 15:49
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    I suspect those data (if any) to be lacunary. You will have to resort to specific methods to process them, as in What are detailed references explaining Hugo Steinhaus early “data science” work? – Laurent Duval Nov 22 '15 at 22:34
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    Have you checked the references on this Wiki article en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_by_coconut in case there is somewhere a dataset? – Tasos Dec 3 '15 at 11:24
  • the aforementioned page on Wikipedia has clearly delineated habitat area, which can help OP to create list of countries/jurisdictions once list is elaborated, one can collect medical casualties statistics per country, join them in one table and publish here link to new dataset – silpol Feb 20 '16 at 22:54
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    @silpol: Wikipedia also has an article called "Deaths in 1954". Using it do do statistics reveals that the number of people who died in 1954 is 117. That's because Wikipedia information is about notable/documented events, and inappropriate for statistics. – Nicolas Raoul Feb 22 '16 at 2:29
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National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) is a great resource for free-text details of emergency-room visits, including fatalities.

Unfortunately (for you), years 2009-2015 show cutting-based coconut-related injuries (plus one allergy):

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2015

46 YOF WAS CUT W/KNIFE WHILE CUTTING A COCONUT. DX: FINGER LAC W/DIGITAL NERVE INJURY.

31YOM CUTTING A COCONUT WITH A KNIFE AND SUSTAINED A FINGER LACERATION

53YOM WAS CUTTING COCONUT AND LAC FINGER WITH KNIFE

72YM FOR AF, WAS CUTTING THE BOTTOM OF COCONUT TO MAKE BIRDHOUSE WHEN IT SPUN RUNNING HIS HAND ON THE TOP OF THE TABLESAW>>LAC

2014

34YOM CUT LEFT FINGER WITH A KNIFE WHILE CUTTING A COCONUT, LACERATION OF LEFT THUMB

2013

24 YOM WAS TRYING TO CUT A COCONUT WITH A KNIFE AND CUT HIS HAND. DX HAND LAC

13 YO MALE SLICING A COCONUT AND CUT FINGER WITH A KNIFE. DX LACERATION FINGER

2012

9 YOF STABBED HAND W/A KNIFE WHILE OPENING A COCONUT. DX: R HAND LAC .5 CM. 9YO M OPENING A COCONUT WITH A SHARP BLADE AND POKED FINGER DX PUNCTUR E WOUND TO FINGER

46 YO M, C/O CUT TO LT HAND, WAS TRYING TO OPEN A COCONUT W/ A KNIFE WH EN HE ACCIDENTALLY CUT HIMSELF, DX HAND LACERATION

27YOF W/ALLERGY TO COCONUT, MOTHER USED COCONUT ROOM DEODORIZER PT. HAD SOB AND CHEST PAIN.

43 YOF, PT WAS USING KNIFE TO CUT A COCONUT, KNIFE SLIPPED & STABBED L T HAND. DX; LAC LT HAND

2011

None!

2010

CUT WITH KNIFE WHILE CUTTING COCONUT. 35 YO F LACERATION L HAND #

36 YOM WAS CUT W/KNIFE WHILE PEELING COCONUT. DX: L HAND LAC 3 CM.

41YOF DRILLING A HOLE IN A COCONUT AND BIT R AND PUNCTURE HAND

2009

PT CUTTING A COCONUT WITH A KNIFE AND SUSTAINED A LACERATION TO FINGER

PT WAS CUT W/KNIFE WHILE CUTTING COCONUT. DX: R HAND LAC.

PT TRYING TO OPEN A COCONUT WITH A HAMMER STRUCK SELF IN THE HEAD WITH THE HAMMER CLOSED HEAD INJURY

DX LAC REPAIR/TETANUS BOOSTER: LAC TO PALM OF L HAND W PAR'G KNIFE W CUT'G ON COCONUT THIS EVEN'G

PT CUT FINGER WITH A KNIFE WHILE CUTTING OPEN A COCONUT AT HOME TODAY DX// LEFT INDEX FINGER LAC

So, probably there are very few recorded falling-coconut accidents, and, similar to shark attacks, most would be then cataloged on Wikipedia.


By the way, you can download individual years as XLSX, or you can export year-by-year by search the Query Tool without any parameters, and then exporting CSV, or this data has been exported to R-stats.

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    If I understand correctly it is the data for USA only, but I guess it is the best quality data I will ever get :-) – Nicolas Raoul May 31 '16 at 3:03

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