Increasing adoption of CROPS by farmers.
Hard-D; McKenzie-T; Cantis-D
J Agromed 2010 Jul; 15(3):322-323
This project will identify barriers from and approaches for stimulating farmers to retrofit their tractors with Cost-Effective Roll-Over Protection Structures (CROPS) utilizing stakeholder input. The initial phase of the project will identify the study population - farmers in two selected states who use tractors for which a CROPS prototype has been developed and tested by NIOSH. New York and Virginia were selected because of on-going ROPS retrofit programs within their states and because of their high number of tractor roll over fatalities, well established relationships with NIOSH and its partners, and their states' farm population. The project employs approaches from multiple disciplines and is aimed at different populations to identify the complex set of barriers to the adoption of CROPS. In Phase I - Demonstration, a subset of farmers from the study population will be selected to receive a CROPS at no charge. Each farmer will be asked to demonstrate how to install the CROPS and provide an initial assessment of their perception of the utility and value of the device along with any installation problems/issues. This aspect of the study will provide end-user (customer) feedback to NIOSH and partner researchers on assembly issues for a CROPS design in field conditions. Farmers, potential manufacturers, and local influential community leaders will be invited to observe installation in the field and queried for their perception of the utility and value of the design after the demonstration and one year later.
Agriculture; Agricultural-chemicals; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-workers; Farmers; Work-practices; Worker-health; Safety-practices; Safety-research; Injury-prevention; Tractors; Engineering-controls; Surveillance
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