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Journal of Agromedicine

Carl Wilmsen, A Butch de Castro, Diane Bush, Marcy J Harrington
OBJECTIVES: Forestry services is a hazardous industry with high job-related injury, illness, and fatality rates. The Northwest workforce is largely Spanish-speaking, Latino, and immigrant, working in poor conditions with insufficient attention paid to safety and health. Institutional racism fundamentally shapes the structural vulnerability of Latino immigrant workers. Given this context, we sought to understand how workplace organizational factors and safety climate affect job-related injuries in this industry...
February 8, 2019: Journal of Agromedicine
Matthew Keifer, Joseph Sammen, Lesley Hoare, Marcy Harrington
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 5, 2019: Journal of Agromedicine
Vanessa Casanova, James Hamilton
Non-timber forest products in the southeastern United States are rich and varied and contribute millions of dollars to the economies of timber producing states. They include medicinals, specialty wood products, floral greens, and edibles. However, little is known about the safety and health outcomes of those workers that harvest non-timber forest products. We stress the need for research to assess the burden of injury and fatalities in this work group.
February 3, 2019: Journal of Agromedicine
Erika Scott, Liane Hirabayashi, Nicole Krupa, Paul Jenkins
Logging workers are at high risk of injury, and although data on fatal injuries exists, less is known about non-fatal injuries. The purpose of this study is to describe initial trends in logging morbidity in Maine and New Hampshire using pre-hospital care reports. Demographics and specifics of the event were recorded for each incident case. Both quantitative and qualitative analyses were employed. Logging injuries (n=70) were primarily due to trees, heavy equipment, and chainsaws. Interventions focused on heavy equipment safety (particularly slips, trips, and falls), and personal protective equipment use would be warranted, based on the findings of this surveillance system...
January 24, 2019: Journal of Agromedicine
Trevor J Durbin, Casper G Bendixsen, Danielle Jensen-Ryan, Abigaile Molzer, Sarah Strauss
Forest workers, including loggers, foresters, and wildland firefighters, are regularly exposed to some of the most fatal occupational environments in the United States. These hazardous work environments may become even more complex and dynamic when subject to bark beetle outbreaks that have resulted in significant tree mortality. The impacts of tree death from bark beetles are significant, with the cumulative 17-year (2000-2016) footprint for bark beetle caused tree mortality estimated at 54 million acres. However, how workers think about and act in these environments is understudied...
January 22, 2019: Journal of Agromedicine
Eva M Shipp, Shubhangi Vasudeo, Amber B Trueblood, Tanya P Garcia
OBJECTIVES: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), highway transportation crashes are the number one cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States. The rate of fatal crashes in logging far exceeds the average annual rate for all sectors combined, yet few studies examine logging-related transportation crashes, and little is known about factors influencing the frequency of these crashes. The purpose of this study was to identify factors associated with fatal and nonfatal injuries among drivers involved in a single vehicle logging-related crash in Louisiana...
January 11, 2019: Journal of Agromedicine
Danielle Dillane, Stephanie L Richards, Jo Anne G Balanay, Ricky Langley
OBJECTIVE: Ants, bees, hornets, wasps, and yellow jackets (insects in Order Hymenoptera) are potentially a serious concern to outdoor workers, as the venom from their stings can cause life-threatening allergic reactions. This study assessed the impacts of Hymenoptera stings and related worker training regimes of forestry workers across the United States (US). METHODS: A survey was distributed to nearly 2,000 outdoor workers in the forestry industry from four US regions (South, West, Northeast, and Midwest)...
January 9, 2019: Journal of Agromedicine
David K Bonauto, Sara E Wuellner, Jennifer L Marcum, Darrin A Adams
OBJECTIVES: Current industry classification systems in the United States do not differentiate mechanized and non-mechanized logging operations. The objectives of this article are to quantify injury risk differences between mechanized and non-mechanized logging operations in Washington State and to evaluate for potential injury risk tradeoffs, such as decreasing traumatic injuries while increasing non-traumatic injuries that might occur when mechanized logging operations are substituted for non-mechanized logging operations...
January 9, 2019: Journal of Agromedicine
Anabel Rodriguez, Vanessa Casanova, Jeffrey L Levin, David Gimeno Ruiz de Porras, David I Douphrate
BACKGROUND: The U.S. logging sector represents is among the most dangerous industrial sectors, with high fatality and non-fatal injury rates. Limited research has addressed work-related musculoskeletal disorders among logging machine operators (LMOs). The purpose of this study was to estimate the 12-month prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms and the associated work-related risk factors among logging machine operators in the Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas (Ark-La-Tex) logging region...
January 9, 2019: Journal of Agromedicine
Brenda Berumen, Anabel Rodriguez, Leeroy Cienega, Vanessa Casanova, Lisa Pompeii, David Gimeno Ruiz de Porras, David I Douphrate
BACKGROUND: Logging is recognized as one of the most dangerous industries in the United States (US), ranking among those with the highest occupational injury and fatality rates. Although logging operations in the Southeastern US have lower rates of injuries and fatalities compared to other regions of the US, due in part to the use of large machinery to fell timber as opposed to chainsaw felling, safety hazards continue to persist. The hazards present in the logging cut sites in which loggers operate may result in worker injury, illness, or fatality...
January 9, 2019: Journal of Agromedicine
Scott Heiberger
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December 27, 2018: Journal of Agromedicine
Marc B Schenker
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 26, 2018: Journal of Agromedicine
Scott Heiberger
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 16, 2018: Journal of Agromedicine
Scott Heiberger
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 14, 2018: Journal of Agromedicine
Mahmoud M Nour, William E Field, Ji-Qin Ni, Charlene Cheng
As part of ongoing surveillance of fatalities and injuries involving agricultural confined spaces by Purdue University's Agricultural Safety and Health Program, nearly 300 cases involving manure storage, handling, and transport equipment and facilities have been documented over the past 30 years. With the exception of a summary of 77 fatalities published by Beaver and Field1 , these cases have not been previously analysed or published due to a lack of resources and the limitations of the Purdue Agricultural Confined Spaces Incident Database (PACSID) which was designed primarily for analysis of grain-related cases...
November 9, 2018: Journal of Agromedicine
Somayeh Moradhaseli, Pouria Ataei, Homayoun Farhadian, Fazlollah Ghofranipour
Agriculture is one of the major sources of employment and income in many countries, especially in developing countries. Farmers are exposed to numerous harmful factors such as sunlight and ultraviolet radiation. These factors contribute to multiple diseases including skin cancer. The aim of this study was to analyze the farmer's preventive behavior against sunlight using the Health Belief Model (HBM). This descriptive study was conducted by survey methodology and a questionnaire. The population of the research was composed of farmers in Kermanshah Province (N = 126,900)...
October 31, 2018: Journal of Agromedicine
Kerry A Rood, Michael L Pate
OBJECTIVES: Practicing veterinarians are exposed to unique occupational hazards and zoonotic diseases. National studies have highlighted an increase risk to injuries and a lack of veterinary awareness for these hazards. In Utah (and likely other states), reports of acquired zoonoses are sporadic, and underlying risk factors poorly understood. To better clarify occupational risk factors, the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of Utah veterinarians were examined. METHODS: A total sample of 809 Utah veterinarians were identified from the 2017 licensure listing provided by the Utah Division of Professional Licensing...
October 26, 2018: Journal of Agromedicine
Megan E Peck, Chayanee Jenpanich, Alongkorn Amonsin, Napawan Bunpapong, Karoon Chanachai, Ratana Somrongthong, Bruce H Alexander, Jeff B Bender
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to identify occupational risk factors for brucellosis among small scale goat farmers in Thailand. METHODS: To better understand farmers' knowledge, attitudes and practices associated with brucellosis we interviewed 51 farmers and tested 314 goats for Brucella melitensis. RESULTS: All serological samples tested negative for Brucella infection. Based on previous research and estimates provided from the Thai national brucellosis surveillance system, zero seropositivity was less than expected...
October 23, 2018: Journal of Agromedicine
Mary W Hildebrand, Jason Brinkley, Sarah Timmons, Felice Mendez
PURPOSE: Farmers are at high risk for losing their occupation because of their susceptibility for developing chronic conditions and incurring injuries. Although, occupational and physical therapists have basic education in return-to-work methods, specialty training is needed to help farmers with disabilities. The North Carolina AgrAbility Partnership, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's supported AgrAbility Program, implemented an exploratory survey of North Carolina occupational and physical therapists before developing training curricula for working with farmers...
October 23, 2018: Journal of Agromedicine
Pamela J Tinc, Julie A Sorensen
OBJECTIVES: Despite much work to reduce the frequency and severity of agricultural injuries, these events still occur. Power take-off entanglements are one example of agricultural events that can lead to death or permanent disability. This manuscript considers the use of marketing techniques to reduce agricultural injuries. Specifically, the "principles of influence" (liking, social proof, authority, consistency, reciprocity, and scarcity) are explored as methods of promoting power take-off shielding among New York farmers...
October 22, 2018: Journal of Agromedicine
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