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Agricultural injury among rural California public high school students†
Article first published online: 31 AUG 2011
Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume 55, Issue 1, pages 63–75, January 2012
How to Cite
McCurdy, S. A., Xiao, H. and Kwan, J. A. (2012), Agricultural injury among rural California public high school students. Am. J. Ind. Med., 55: 63–75. doi: 10.1002/ajim.21003
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 31 AUG 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 28 JUL 2011
- Manuscript Received: 17 MAR 2011
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Grant Number: 2 U50 OH007550
- risk behavior
The University of California, Davis Youth Agricultural Injury Study characterized the farm work and agricultural injury experience among rural California Central Valley public high school students enrolled in an agricultural sciences curriculum.
We conducted a cross-sectional survey of agricultural injury among students from 10 California Central Valley high schools during the 2001–2005 school years.
Of 1,783 subjects, 946 (53.1%) reported farm work in the previous year, including 97 (10.3%) reporting at least one farm work-related injury in the preceding year. After adjustment for sex, ethnicity, and hours spent in farm work, injury risk was associated with large-animal operations (OR 4.15; 95%CI: 1.18, 14.65), feeding large animals (OR 2.38; 95%CI: 1.15, 4.96), mixing chemicals (OR 1.86; 95%CI: 1.15, 3.03), welding (OR 2.09; 95%CI: 1.17, 3.72), non-use of seatbelts, and frequent riding in the back of an uncovered pick-up truck. Risky attitudes toward farm safety were significantly associated with injury. Girls were more likely to suffer an animal-related injury and boys to suffer injury related to motor vehicles, machinery, or tool use.
Adolescents are at similar risk to adults for agricultural injury. Although limitations on hazardous tasks and time spent on farm work are likely to be the most efficacious means for reducing injury, education will play an important role. Educational measures should include inculcating healthy safety-related attitudes and focus on hazardous tasks, such as those involving animals (for girls) and motor vehicles and machinery (for boys). Am. J. Ind. Med. 55:63–75, 2012. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.