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Prevalence of ROPS-equipped tractors on minority operated farms in the US.

Proceedings of the National Institute for Farm Safety (NIFS) 2008 Annual Conference, June 22 - 26, 2008, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Urbana, IL: National Institute for Farm Safety, Inc., 2008 Jun; :1-22
Objectives: To examine the prevalence of Roll-Over Protective Structures (ROPS) on farm tractors used on minority farming operations in the US, and compare the results to those for the general US farm population. Methods: The study used data covering calendar year 2003 collected for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), from a sample of 15,656 racial minority farm operators across the US. The survey included demographic information about the farm and farm operator, and basic information on the total number of farm tractors and farm tractors with ROPS used on the farm operation. ROPS prevalence rates for all farm operations were obtained from a similar survey conducted for NIOSH by NASS covering the calendar year 2004 for all farms in the US. This survey involved a sample of 25,000 farm operators. Results: Results indicate that ROPS prevalence rates on minority farming operations follow similar patterns to ROPS prevalence rates on US farm operations in general. Demographic characteristics associated with the prevalence of ROPS equipped tractors on farms included a lower prevalence of ROPS on farms with operators over the age of 65-years, a lower prevalence of ROPS on small acreage farms, and lower ROPS prevalence rates for part-time farms compared to full-time farms. The race of the operator had little impact on ROPS prevalence rates when these other demographic characteristics were considered. Specific potential: Understanding the relationship between ROPS use on farms and basic farm and farm operator demographics has the potential to efficiently target areas for ROPS promotion programs across the US. Understanding these relationships for minority operations and how they compare to all farming operations in the US allows for further refinement of these targeting efforts.
Agricultural-workers; Farmers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Accident-rates; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Education; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Safety-research; Surveillance-programs; Demographic-characteristics; Statistical-analysis; Racial-factors
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Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
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Proceedings of the National Institute for Farm Safety (NIFS) 2008 Annual Conference, June 22 - 26, 2008, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division