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Occupational injuries on thoroughbred horse farms: a description of Latino and non-Latino workers' experiences.

Authors
Swanberg-JE; Clouser-JM; Westneat-SC; Marsh-MW; Reed-DB
Source
Int J Environ Res Public Health 2013 Nov; 10(12):6500-6516
NIOSHTIC No.
20045180
Abstract
Animal production is a dangerous industry and increasingly reliant on a Latino workforce. Within animal production, little is known about the risks or the occupational hazards of working on farms involved in various aspects of thoroughbred horse breeding. Extant research suggests that horse workers are at risk of musculoskeletal and respiratory symptoms, kicks, and other injuries. However, limited known research has examined the experiences of the industry's workers, including immigrant workers, despite their prominence and increased vulnerability. Using data collected from thoroughbred farm representatives via a phone-administered survey, a 2-hour face-to-face semi-structured interview, and farm injury logs, this article identifies and describes types of injuries experienced by workers (N = 284) and their surrounding circumstances. Results indicate that general injuries and musculoskeletal strains, sprains, and tears account for a majority of injuries among workers on thoroughbred farms. Upper limbs and extremities are most frequently injured, while direct contact with the horse accounted for over half of all injuries. No differences in the diagnoses or distribution of injury were found by ethnicity; however, Latinos were more often struck by or trampled by a horse while non-Latinos were more often injured by an insect or plant. Implications and opportunities for future research are discussed.
Keywords
Animals; Reproductive-hazards; Reproduction; Hazards; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Farmers; Agriculture; Agricultural-workers; Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Respiration; Respiratory-system-disorders; Injuries; Accidents; Demographic-characteristics; Sociological-factors; Racial-factors; Extremities; Humans; Men; Women; Epidemiology; Author Keywords: worker injury; occupational health; Latino workers; agriculture; occupational safety; immigrant workers; horse-related injuries
Contact
Jennifer E. Swanberg, School of Social Work, University of Maryland, 525 West Redwood Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
CODEN
IJERGQ
Publication Date
20131129
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
jswanberg@ssw.umaryland.edu
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2014
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U54-OH-007547
Issue of Publication
12
ISSN
1660-4601
Source Name
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
State
KY; MD
Performing Organization
University of Kentucky
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