Occupational health among Latino horse and crop workers in Kentucky: the role of work organization factors.
Swanberg-JE; Clouser-JM; Browning-SR; Westneat-SC; Marsh-MK
J Agromed 2013 Oct; 18(4):312-325
Agriculture is a dangerous industry often reliant on Latino workers, a vulnerable population. Using a work organization framework, this cross-sectional study analyzes the relationship between work organization variables and the occupational health of Latino crop (n = 49) and horse breeding (n = 54) workers in Kentucky. Increased levels of abusive supervision were associated with occupational injury (odds ratio [OR] = 2.97; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.0-8.77) and increased awkward postures were associated with occupational illness (OR = 3.85; 95% CI: 1.06-13.98). Although not statistically significant, abusive supervision increased the odds and a high safety climate score decreased the odds of injury, illness, and missed work. These findings suggest that the supervisor-subordinate relationship may play a critical role in the occupational health of Latino farmworkers.
Agriculture; Agricultural-workers; Animals; Animal-husbandry; Animal-husbandry-workers; Racial-factors; Work-organization; Work-operations; Work-practices; Farmers; Employee-health; Behavior; Supervisory-personnel; Psychological-stress; Safety-climate; Musculoskeletal-system; Posture; Job-stress; Injuries; Injury-prevention;
Author Keywords: Agriculture; Latino farmworkers; occupational health; supervisory practices; work
Jennifer E. Swanberg, PhD, Joanne I. Bell Professor in Critical Thinking and Social Policy Analysis, School of Social Work, University of Maryland, Baltimore, 525 West Redwood Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
Cooperative Agreement; Agriculture
Journal of Agromedicine
University of Kentucky