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Assessment of Iowa Farmers’ Perceptions about Auger Safety
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health. 9(1): 61-74 . (doi: 10.13031/2013.12350) @2003
Authors: S. A. Freeman, C. V. Schwab, T. Pollard
Keywords: Guards, Machinery, Questionnaires
A survey of Iowa farmers was conducted to assess the farmers perceptions and
beliefs regarding auger safety and how these perceptions are put into practice. A
questionnaire was designed to obtain information on the following augerrelated topics:
recognition of safe practices and appropriate shielding, personal practices and behaviors,
risk perception, and personal beliefs. A random sample of 400 Iowa farmers (arrayed by
county) was selected to be representative of Iowa farms. The response to the mailed survey was
23%. Some returned surveys were eliminated because the respondent was retired or did not
own/operate augers, resulting in 57 usable questionnaires.