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Work Hazard Control Efforts by Wisconsin Dairy Farmers
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org
Citation: Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health. 2(2): 7-13. (doi: 10.13031/2013.19441) @1996
Authors: L. J. Chapman, R.T. Schuler, T. L.Wilkinson, C. A. Skjolaas
Keywords: Farming, Injury control, Occupational health, Rural health, Rural populations
Objective: Better information is needed about how farm operators view agricultural
work hazards and prevention efforts. Agricultural work safety efforts of Wisconsin
farmers were examined, along with their perceptions of the farm safety problem.
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Methods: A survey instrument was designed and administered to an opportunity
sample of 401 dairy farmers using a standardized mail survey technique.
Results: Usable questionnaires were obtained from 268 farm operators
(67% response rate). Most farm operators did annual self-inspections, wore seatbelts in
motor vehicles, and avoided extra riders on tractors. Most wanted to obtain and use
inspection checklists and were willing to commit monetary resources to making
corrections. However, most dairy farmers had no interest in Extension safety programs
and had attended none in the last year. The farmers did want Extension agents to
facilitate self-inspection and hazard corrections.
Conclusion: Self-help tools to assist farmers in recognizing, identifying, and
controlling hazards are a promising, low intensity intervention for reducing injury and
disease. Extension agents are in a strong position to abet farmer self inspections.