Nurture: quarterly newsletter of the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety.
National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety
Nurture: Q Newsl Natl Child Center Rural Agric Health Saf 2009 Spring; 12(1):1-4
"The National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety strives to enhance the health and safety of all children exposed to hazards associated with agricultural work and rural environments." This issue includes information on a recently published article - Study measures strength required for children to operate tractors. The ergonomic forces required to operate controls on 40 different models of tractors in common use in the U.S. typically exceeded the physical abilities of most children aged 13 to 17 years. "This raises serious questions about the ability of children to safely operate tractors in common use on U.S. farms," said co-author Barbara Marlenga, Ph.D., of the National Children's Center. "Forces required to operate controls on farm tractors: Implications for young operators," appeared in the July 2008 issue of Ergonomics. Authors are Fadi Fathallah, Ph.D., Ji Hong Chang, Ph.D., Richard Berg, M.S., William Pickett, Ph.D., and Dr. Marlenga. Farm tractors account for the majority of fatal injuries to adolescents working in agriculture and therefore remain a leading occupational priority. The question of whether these injuries occur because adolescents are assigned tractor jobs beyond their physical capabilities has not been answered, Dr. Marlenga said.
Agriculture; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-chemicals; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-products; Farmers; Families; Children; Adolescents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Accidents; Accident-prevention; Accident-rates; Accident-statistics; Work-environment; Work-operations; Work-organization; Work-performance; Work-practices; Worker-health; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Safety-research; Motor-vehicles; Mortality-data; Traumatic-injuries; Tractors; Drivers; Ergonomics; Equipment-design; Equipment-operators; Human-factors-engineering; Age-factors; Anthropometry; Physical-capacity; Work-capability
National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, Marshfield Clinic, 1000 North Oak Ave., Marshfield, WI 54449-5790
Nurture: Quarterly Newsletter of the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety
Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation