Injury prevention programming for aged tractor operators.
J Agric Saf Health 1995 May; 1(2):105-116
A study was conducted on characteristics of farm tractor operation among older agricultural workers. Data obtained from subjects over 65 years of age from a questionnaire administered to a random sample of 557 farm tractor operators were analyzed. A majority of the older respondents felt tractor safety related features such as rollover protective structures (ROPS) were useful; however, almost half said that the original ROPS that had been installed in their tractor was not still in place and fewer than 6% of the subjects reported using the seat belt in the tractor. Based on responses to the degree of tractor use, it was calculated that about half of the farm tractor operators over the age of 65 averaged 30 to 48 hours of exposure to farm tractor operating hazards per week during the busiest months of tractor operation. Approximately 75% of the subjects were opposed to the idea of obtaining tractor operator's licenses. A majority of respondents were not in support of retrofitting all tractors that had been manufactured without ROPS. Of the total, 63% of the subjects reported requiring eyeglasses for normal vision and about 40% were suspicious of having hearing problems. The presence of pain and stiffness in various joints during tractor activities was reported by up to 40% of the respondents. The implications of these findings as well as the results of a previous analysis of data from this cohort which estimated the physical capability of these subjects to safely operate farm tractors were discussed.
NIOSH-Cooperative-Agreement; Farmers; Age-factors; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-machinery; Injury-prevention; Equipment-operators; Physical-capacity;
Author Keywords: Injury prevention; Tractor safety; Education; Program development; Aged tractor operator
Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health