Prevalence of roll-over protective structure (ROPS)-equipped tractors on Hispanic-operated farms in the United States.
J Agromed 2010 Apr; 15(2):137-147
Roll-over protective structures (ROPS) are known to prevent tractor overturn deaths, but not enough tractors are equipped with them in the United States to reduce the rate of these deaths to levels seen in several European countries. Recent literature has defined the use of ROPS on US farms in general, but little is known about ROPS use on Hispanic farm operations. Data from a national survey for the calendar year 2003 were used to assess the prevalence of ROPS use on Hispanic-operated farms. Farm characteristics previously identified to be associated with low ROPS prevalence rates on other farming operations were examined for these Hispanic farming operations. The overall ROPS prevalence rate on Hispanic farms was 52.2%. Adjusted odds ratios of potential risk factors found that the region where the farm was located and the acreage of the farm appeared to be the most significant indicators of the prevalence of ROPS on Hispanic farms. In addition, the age of the farm operator, the farm status as a full- or part-time operation, and the type of farm operation were also important factors. These findings were similar to those seen for racial minority farms and the general farming population. These results can be used to target ROPS promotion programs for Hispanic farmers across the United States.
Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Farmers; Protective-equipment; Engineering-controls; Injury-prevention; Racial-factors; Statistical-analysis; Surveillance;
Author Keywords: Farms; Hispanics; odds ratio; ROPS prevalence; tractor overturns
John R. Myers, Health Statistician, NIOSH, DSR, Mail Stop H-1808, 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Journal of Agromedicine