Occupational risk among orchard workers: a descriptive study.
Salazar MK; Keifer M; Negrete M; Estrada F; Synder K
Fam Community Health 2005 Jul-Aug; 28(3):239-252
Orchard workers are exposed to an array of occupational health and safety hazards that result in injury, illness, and, in some cases, death. The purpose of this qualitative study was to identify and explore factors that contribute to occupational risks related to orchard work. Twenty-five Hispanic orchard workers were interviewed. They reported that the most common type of accident was falls, usually from a ladder; and the most common injuries were strains and sprains. Three broad categories of factors that contributed to the occurrence of such injuries were Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors; Work-Related Factors; and Factors External to Work.
Agriculture; Agricultural-workers; Foodstuff; Food-processing-workers; Occupational-hazards; Health-hazards; Outdoors; Qualitative-analysis; Racial-factors; Fall-protection; Education; Behavior; Risk-factors; Ladders; Farmers; Injuries; Injury-prevention;
Author Keywords: Hispanic farmworkers; occupational injury; orchard workers
Mary K. Salazar, EdD, RN, COHN-S, Department of Psychosocial and Community Health, School of Nursing, University of Washington, PO Box 357263, Seattle, WA 98195
Family & Community Health
University of Washington