An economic motivator for safe farming: changing perceptions through learning.
Kidd-PS; Isaacs-SG; Cole-HP; Parshall-M; Scharf-T; Struttman-T
J Agric Saf Health 1998 May; 4(Special Issue 1):205-212
Farm owner-operators and workers tend to make safety decisions from a subjective cost/benefit perspective. Our research has supported that farmworkers do not recognize the direct and indirect costs associated with work-related injury and thus are not making safety decisions on an accurate basis. We have developed two injury prevention interventions that require the active participation of the farmworker, acknowledge that farm economics and productivity are influential in shaping the improvements to economic viability of the farm. The two interventions, Kayles' Difficult Decisions exercise and the Farm Planning Tool, are discussed from a developmental and testing perspective. Considerations for using theses interventions in agricultural health and safety are addressed.
Ergonomics; Farmers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Safety-measures; Injury-prevention; Occupational-health; Training;
Author Keywords: Agricultural economics; Agricultural safety; Injury prevention
Pamela Kidd, Spalding University, 851 S. 4th Street, Louisville, KY 40203
Issue of Publication
Special Iss 1
Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health