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Perspectives on safety and health among migrant and seasonal farmworkers in the United States and México: a qualitative field study.

Stallones L; Acosta MS; Sample P; Bigelow P; Rosales M
J Rural Health 2009 Spring; 25(2):219-225
CONTEXT: A large number of hired farmworkers in the United States come from México. Understanding safety and health concerns among the workers is essential to improving prevention programs. PURPOSE: The purpose of this pilot study was to obtain detailed information about safety and health concerns of hired farmworkers in Colorado and in México. METHODS: A total of 10 migrant farmworkers from northern Colorado and 5 seasonal farmworkers from Guanajuato, México, were interviewed using a semi-structured interview process. The social cognitive theory (SCT) served as a framework to gain understanding of safety and health among workers. FINDINGS: Topics of concern identified included causes of farm, home and motor vehicle injuries, and treatment preferences for injuries and illnesses. Four main themes emerged: safety and health concerns, personal control and prevention strategies, factors affecting control and prevention strategies, and the importance of family. CONCLUSIONS: Further study of the themes using a revised semi-structured interview will be done in a larger study among hired farmworkers. The results add to the current work to understand specific health and safety concerns among these workers.
Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Epidemiology; Exposure-assessment; Exposure-levels; Exposure-methods; Farmers; Health-hazards; Health-protection; Health-standards; Injury-prevention; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health; Occupational-safety-programs; Occupational-sociology; Qualitative-analysis; Racial-factors; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Training; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Worker-health; Work-operations; Work-performance; Workplace-studies; Work-practices
Lorann Stallones, PhD, Department of Psychology, Colorado Injury Control Research Center, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1876
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Cooperative Agreement; Agriculture
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Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
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The Journal of Rural Health
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Colorado State University - Ft. Collins
Page last reviewed: June 15, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division