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Occupational health among Latino horse and crop workers in Kentucky: the role of work organization factors.

Authors
Swanberg-JE; Clouser-JM; Browning-SR; Westneat-SC; Marsh-MK
Source
J Agromed 2013 Oct; 18(4):312-325
NIOSHTIC No.
20044655
Abstract
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.
Keywords
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 organization
Contact
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
Publication Date
20131001
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
jswanberg@ssw.umaryland.edu
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement; Agriculture
Fiscal Year
2014
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U50-OH-007547
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
1059-924X
Source Name
Journal of Agromedicine
State
MD; KY
Performing Organization
University of Kentucky
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