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Spanish-speaking dairy workers in New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont: results from a survey of farm owners.

Authors
Stack-SG; Jenkins-PL; Earle-Richardson-G; Ackerman-S; May-JJ
Source
J Agromed 2006 Apr; 11(2):37-44
NIOSHTIC No.
20031439
Abstract
A New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) study surveyed 294 dairy farms in New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. The study utilized a quarterly telephone survey to assess the proportion of Spanish-speaking workers on these farms, and also to contrast the hazard level of work tasks and prevalence of lost work time between Spanish- and English-speaking workers. The total workforce followed in the study was comprised of 14.4 percent Spanish-speaking workers, with larger farms having a higher proportion than smaller farms (19.9% versus 4.6%, respectively). Of the 294 farms, 22.5 percent had at least one Spanish-speaking worker, which differed, greatly between larger and smaller farms (51.5% versus 7.3%). Spanish workers were significantly younger, worked significantly longer hours and had significantly fewer years of employment than their English-speaking counterparts. Work hour differences were more pronounced on the larger farms. Lost work time, due to on-farm injuries, did not differ between the Hispanic workers and the non-Hispanic workers. After correcting for both age and length of farm employment, Spanish-speaking workers were far less likely to perform managerial functions than their English-speaking counterparts (OR = . 22 p < .01).
Keywords
Agriculture; Agricultural-industry; Occupational-hazards; Agricultural-workers; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Farmers; Agricultural-machinery; Accident-prevention; Injuries; Age-factors; Questionnaires; Statistical-analysis; Epidemiology
Contact
New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health, One Atwell Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326
Publication Date
20060401
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
sstack@nycamh.com
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2006
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U50-OH-007542
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
1059-924X
Source Name
Journal of Agromedicine
State
NY
Performing Organization
Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital - Cooperstown, New York
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