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Farm tractor safety in Kentucky, 1995.
Browning SR; Westneat SC; Truszczynska H; Reed D; McKnight R
Public Health Rep 1999 Jan; 114(1):53-59
Objective. Tractor rollovers are a major cause of farm injuries and fatalities. The authors used data from a statewide surveillance study to estimate the prevalence of safety features such as rollover protective structures, seat belts, and power take-off shields on farm tractors in Kentucky. Methods. Using data from the Farm Family Health and Hazard Surveillance Project, the authors report on the prevalence of farm tractor safety features by size of farm, by region of the state, by number of tractors per farm, and by tractor age and estimate the prevalence of tractors equipped with rollover protection by region and for the state as a whole. Results. Of the estimated 85,446 family-owned farms in Kentucky with at least one tractor, an estimated 55.6%, or 47,515 farms, do not have a tractor equipped with a rollover protective structure. Few tractors that are 10 years old or older were found to be equipped with seat belts; no tractors that were more than 20 years old were equipped with seat belts.
Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-products; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Families; Farmers; Safety-climate; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-personnel; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Health-hazards; Health-protection; Health-standards; Tractors; Accidents; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Safety-belts; Surveillance-programs
S. R. Browning, Dept. of Preventive Med. and Environmental Health, 1141 Red Mile Rd., Suite 102, Lexington KY 40504
Agriculture; Cooperative Agreement
Issue of Publication
Public Health Reports
University of Kentucky
Page last reviewed: September 22, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division