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Study measures strength required for children to operate tractors.
National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety
Nurture: Q Newsl Natl Child Center Rural Agric Health Saf 2008 Aug; 11(2):1
The study provides objective evidence that could assist in establishment of evidencebased minimum-age recommendations for children and tractor operation. A strength of the study is that efforts were made to measure the forces required to operate tractor controls in "real-life" field settings, thus enhancing the generalisability of the study findings. In addition, the tractor force data were collected as part of a larger set of anthropomorphic variables that also included reach-distances and fields-ofvision. Collectively, these three analyses should provide a more comprehensive picture of the ability of children of varying physical abilities to effectively operate tractors in common use in the U.S., and the factors that impinge upon their safety, than has previously been available.
Age-factors; Agricultural-machinery; Agriculture; Children; Physical-capacity; Physiological-measurements; Safety-measures; Safety-research; Standards
Issue of Publication
Nurture: Quarterly Newsletter of the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety
University of California, Davis
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division