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Slip, trip and fall injuries in potato, sugar beet and open field vegetable production in Finland.

Authors
Mattila-TE; Kaustell-KO; Rautiainen-RH; Pitkanen-TJ; Lotjonen-T; Suutarinen-J
Source
Ergonomics 2008 Dec; 51(12):1944-1959
NIOSHTIC No.
20035087
Abstract
STF injuries are common in agriculture. The purposes of this study were to assess the magnitude of STF injuries, to identify contributing factors and to propose preventive actions to reduce injuries in potato, sugar beet and open field vegetable production in Finland. The material consisted of 1648 injury claim records and 22 interviews. The analysis showed 45% (n = 740) of the non-fatal injuries were STFs or jumps. Phrase analysis of injury descriptions provided further insight into the characteristics of STF injuries. The current findings suggest interventions should focus on making access paths (e.g. stairs, ladders, platforms) safer, minimising the need for mounting and dismounting equipment, decreasing manual material handling, improving contamination control and housekeeping in working areas and improving the safety of traffic areas and farmyards.
Keywords
Agriculture; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-industry; Farmers; Injury-prevention; Materials-handling; Materials-handling-equipment; Risk-analysis; Safety-engineering; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-education; Safety-research; Statistical-analysis; Work-environment; Work-analysis; Work-practices; Work-areas; Work-operations; Walking-surfaces; Author Keywords: Slip; trip; fall injuries; Agriculture; Horticulture; Phrase analysis
CODEN
ERGOAX
Publication Date
20081201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
tiina.mattila@mtt.fi
Funding Type
Grant; Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U50-OH-007548; Grant-Number-K01-OH-008300
Issue of Publication
12
ISSN
0014-0139
Source Name
Ergonomics
State
IA
Performing Organization
University of Iowa
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