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Agricultural injury in California migrant Hispanic farm workers.

Authors
McCurdy-SA; Samuels-SJ; Carroll-DJ; Beaumont-JJ; Morrin-LA
Source
Am J Ind Med 2003 Sep; 44(3):225-235
NIOSHTIC No.
20029219
Abstract
Agriculture is among the most hazardous industries in the United States. A longitudinal study of injury among migrant Hispanic farm workers residing in six Northern California Migrant Family Housing Centers (MHCs) during the 1997 harvest season was conducted. Participants completed an initial interviewer-administered work-and-health questionnaire at the beginning of the harvest season addressing the preceding year; there were three periodic follow-up surveys. There were 1,201 adult farm workers (participation 85.2%) who completed the initial questionnaire. Of these, 837 (69.7%) completed the final follow-up survey. There were 86 agricultural injuries (incidence 9.3/100 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs), 95% CI 7.5-11.5/100 FTE). Increased risk for agricultural injury occurred among women paid piece-rate (RR 4.9, 95% CI 1.8-12.8). Sprains and strains were most common (31%), followed by lacerations (12%). Agricultural injury experience in this cohort is comparable to that of agricultural workers in other U.S. settings. Increased risk among women paid piece-rate suggests further study and potential policy changes regarding payment regimens. Heterogeneity of injury in this population presents a major prevention challenge. In view of high frequency of strain and sprain injuries, ergonomic interventions deserve further study.
Keywords
Injuries; Agriculture; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Farmers; Demographic-characteristics; Racial-factors; Occupational-accidents; Accidents; Occupational-hazards; Questionnaires; Risk-factors; Risk-analysis; Sex-factors; Ergonomics
Contact
Stephen A. McCurdy, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, University of California-Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616-8638, USA
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20030901
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
samccurdy@ucdavis.edu
Funding Amount
675296
Funding Type
Grant; Agriculture; Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-003444; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U50-OH-007550
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
0271-3586
Priority Area
Work Environment and Workforce: Special Populations
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
CA
Performing Organization
University of California, Davis, California
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