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A Summary of South Carolina's Agricultural Incident Rates used to Improve an Agricultural Safety Program
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org
Citation: 2022 ASABE Annual International Meeting 2200848.(doi:10.13031/aim.202200848)
Authors: Maryann M. Lovern, Hunter F. Massey, Catherine A. DiBenedetto
Keywords: Agricultural Incidents, Agricultural Safety Program, Safety Instruction, South Carolina Injury Rates.
Abstract. The Clemson University Agricultural Safety Program was developed in the spring of 2019 to educate the public on the many hazards surrounding agriculture and provide people with the needed resources to perform agriculture related jobs with a better understanding of how to prevent injury or death. Using the AgInjuryNews.org reporting system to quantify the effectiveness of this program, researchers looked at the number of agricultural incidents in the state of South Carolina between 2016 and 2021. The incidents were placed in various categories: pesticide/chemical, machinery, lawnmower, all-terrain/utility task vehicles, animal production, electrical, grain, power tool, and other. The other category included many incidents that involved logging and fishing operations; while both are deemed agricultural industries, the researchers limited the main categories to the topics that are utilized during the Growing Safe Tigers agricultural safety program focused on youth ranging in age from 14 to 18. The number of incidents reported for each category was compared to South Carolina's population for the corresponding year to determine the percent of the population affected by the incidents. Identifying categories with higher incident rates aids in the identification of safety needs. With a greater understanding of the specific need categories, additional safety instruction will be developed specifically for those incidents. The new instructional material will then be distributed to the public and other agricultural safety programs.
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