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Occupational eye injuries experienced by migrant farmworkers.

Authors
Quandt-SA; Schulz-MR; Talton-JW; Verma-A; Arcury-TA
Source
J Agromed 2012 Jan; 17(1):63-69
NIOSHTIC No.
20041372
Abstract
Migrant farmworkers in North Carolina (n=300) reported eye injuries, circumstances of injuries, and outcomes during lifetime U.S. agriculture work. Seventeen injuries were reported by 15 farmworkers; five resulted in lost work time. Most reported injuries were penetrating or open wounds, often caused by branches or other foreign objects. Injuries were seldom reported to employers; and treatment at clinics, when received, was often delayed. The incidence rate of lost work-time injuries of 23.8/10,000 worker years (95% confidence interval 7.5, 55.9), exceeds the 2009 national incidence rate (6.9/10,000). Migrant farmworkers constitute a vulnerable population; better occupational safety protections should be considered.
Keywords
Sociological-factors; Farmers; Agriculture; Workers; Eye-injuries; Epidemiology; Injuries; Statistical-analysis; Humans; Men; Women; Age-groups; Eyesight; Author Keywords: Latino; agriculture; health disparities
Contact
Sara A. Quandt, PhD, Department of Epidemiology and Prevention, Division of Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157
Publication Date
20120101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
squandt@wakehealth.edu
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2012
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U50-OH-007542; B09112012
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1059-924X
Source Name
Journal of Agromedicine
State
NC; NY
Performing Organization
Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital - Cooperstown, New York
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