Occupational eye injuries experienced by migrant farmworkers.
Quandt-SA; Schulz-MR; Talton-JW; Verma-A; Arcury-TA
J Agromed 2012 Jan; 17(1):63-69
Migrant farmworkers in North Carolina (n=300) reported eye injuries, circumstances of injuries, and outcomes during lifetime U.S. agriculture work. Seventeen injuries were reported by 15 farmworkers; five resulted in lost work time. Most reported injuries were penetrating or open wounds, often caused by branches or other foreign objects. Injuries were seldom reported to employers; and treatment at clinics, when received, was often delayed. The incidence rate of lost work-time injuries of 23.8/10,000 worker years (95% confidence interval 7.5, 55.9), exceeds the 2009 national incidence rate (6.9/10,000). Migrant farmworkers constitute a vulnerable population; better occupational safety protections should be considered.
Sociological-factors; Farmers; Agriculture; Workers; Eye-injuries; Epidemiology; Injuries; Statistical-analysis; Humans; Men; Women; Age-groups; Eyesight;
Author Keywords: Latino; agriculture; health disparities
Sara A. Quandt, PhD, Department of Epidemiology and Prevention, Division of Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Journal of Agromedicine
Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, New York