UC-Davis study looks at NAGCAT, tractor ergonomics and children.
Nurture: Q Newsl Natl Child Center Rural Agric Health Saf 2006 Apr; 9(1):2
Researchers from the University of California-Davis, and colleagues from Wisconsin and Ontario, are assessing the North American Guidelines for Children's Agricultural Tasks (NAGCAT) recommendations for operation of tractors. The study will examine how well the NAGCAT tractor guidelines reflect a match between the physical abilities of youth ages 12 to 16 and the tractors they may typically operate. Researchers are studying the 50 most common tractors in the United States to learn to what extent young people have the necessary strength and reach to safely engage brakes, clutches and levers, to shift gears and to steer. Tractors account for the majority of deaths and a large percentage of injuries on farms.
Age-factors; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Children; Equipment-operators; Ergonomics; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Measurement-equipment; Physiological-effects; Physiological-factors; Physiological-response; Posture; Tractors; Work-analysis; Work-environment;
Nurture: Quarterly Newsletter of the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety
University of California, Davis