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Farm safety through the camera's eye.

Authors
Reed-DB; Claunch-DT; Haurylko-CJ
Source
J Agric Saf Health 2008 Aug; 14(3):321-332
NIOSHTIC No.
20034102
Abstract
Farms and ranches constitute one of the most hazardous work environments in America, and perhaps in the world, yet farm scenes are often portrayed as tranquil, picture perfect settings. A review of 293 photographs that included persons and tractors, livestock, powered equipment, all terrain vehicles, or bodies of water was undertaken by two independent reviewers. Predetermined criteria that captured best safety practices in agriculture were applied to each photograph. A rating of 1 (best practices), 2 (unsafe practices) or 3 (mixed messages) was given to each photograph. Three popular farm periodicals with various geographic distribution areas across the U.S. were examined. Issues from June 2005 through October 2006 were included in the review. Results revealed that only 56.7% of the photographs illustrated best practices for safety. Of the 27 photographs that included children, only 18.5% depicted best practices. Photographs in advertisements, where the settings can be staged, illustrated best practices 56.5% of the time. Editors, photojournalists, and advertisers should take every opportunity to promote safety in this high risk industry through portrayal of safe work practices and safe work environments in photographs that are used in farm periodicals.
Keywords
Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-products; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Farmers; Photographers; Photographic-equipment; Photography; Hazardous-materials; Hazards; Safety-climate; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Tractors; Environmental-factors; Environmental-hazards; Environmental-stress; Author Keywords: Agriculture; Farm publications; Photographs; Safety
Contact
D. B. Reed, University of Kentucky, CON 553, Lexington, KY 40536-0232
CODEN
JASHFD
Publication Date
20080801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
dbreed01@email.uky.edu
Funding Type
Agriculture; Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U50-OH-007547
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
1074-7583
Source Name
Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
State
KY
Performing Organization
University of Kentucky
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