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Assessing Senior Farmers’ Perceptions of Tractor and Machinery-related Hazards
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: . Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health 1(3):199-214. (doi: 10.13031/2013.19464) @1995
Authors: S. D.Whitman, W. E. Field
Keywords: Agricultural safety, Risk, Behavior,Tractor fatalities, Aged operators
Agricultural injury data over the last 25 years have consistently shown a high
proportion of cases involving senior farmers and agricultural workers. Farm tractors are
the most commonly reported causal agent for fatalities in this population.
Understanding of the specific causal factors associated with this apparent risk, however,
remains very limited, and to date, the safety and health profession’s response has not
been commensurate with the need. In order to develop effective safety programs
designed to impact a specific population or audience, it is necessary to conduct
formative research to gain a thorough understanding of the beliefs, perceptions,
attitudes, and influences of the people within that population. The research discussed in
this article represents the formative, or pre-production, component of current efforts to
develop safety programs to reduce tractor and machinery-related injuries among senior
(age 60 and older) farm and ranch operators and agricultural workers.