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Evaluation of the NAGCAT tractor guidelines.

Fathallah-FA; Marlenga-B; Pickett-W; Miles-JA; Meyers-JM; Chang-J; Plasse-J; Miller-BJ
NORA Symposium 2006: Research Makes a Difference! April 18-26, 2006, Washington, DC. Washington, DC: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2006 Apr; :108-109
Work-related injuries may occur because children are assigned hazardous farm jobs that are beyond their physical and mental capabilities. The North American Guidelines for Children's Agricultural Tasks (NAGCAT) were developed to assist parents in assigning appropriate and safe jobs to their children 7-16 years. Farm tractors account for the majority of deaths and major portions of non-fatal trauma among children on North American farms. Because of this high frequency of tractor involvement in childhood fatalities and other traumatic farm injuries, NAGCAT have a heavy emphasis on safe operation of farm tractors in different work situations. This study aims to build upon the NAGCAT project by providing a field test of the NAGCAT tractor guidelines. The objective of this study is to systematically assess the most common tractors operated by children with respect to dimensional and operational characteristics in order to identify any potential strength and anthropometric mismatches between the physical characteristics of children and adolescents of ages 12 to 16 years (ages recommended for tractor operation by NAGCAT) and the tractors they are operating. Tractors were identified from a national survey of the most used tractors throughout the US, and the type of tractors used by children (Marlenga, 2002). Several tractor dealers and farmers offered their tractors for the study in California and Wisconsin. The data collection phase of 86 tractors of varying size and age has been completed.
Age-factors; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Children; Equipment-operators; Ergonomics; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Physiological-effects; Physiological-factors; Physiological-response; Posture; Tractors; Work-analysis; Work-environment
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NORA Symposium 2006: Research Makes a Difference! April 18-26, 2006, Washington, DC
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University of California, Davis