Worker injuries involving the interaction of cattle, cattle handlers, and farm structures or equipment

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dc.contributor.author Fox, Shannon L.
dc.contributor.author Ricketts, Mitchell S.
dc.contributor.author Minton, J. Ernest
dc.date.accessioned 2015-02-11T16:32:15Z
dc.date.available 2015-02-11T16:32:15Z
dc.date.issued 2/11/2015
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/18853
dc.description.abstract Cattle have been identified as leading sources of injuries to agricultural workers. The present study focused on worker injuries that involved the interaction of cattle, cattle handlers, and farm structures or equipment. The goal of the study was to identify opportunities for injury prevention. We examined 221 reports of injury to cattle handlers from the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS). Expected interactions led to many of the cattle-handling injuries reported in the NEISS database. In almost 30% of cases, cattle pushed workers into structures such as fences, gates, posts, and walls. In another 16% to 19% of injuries, cattle struck gates and other objects, propelling them at the victims. The present research makes several important contributions to the study of cattle-handling injuries. First, the research supports an increased emphasis on the development of safer gate designs (e.g., gates that are remotely operated or that absorb energy to limit the speed at which they may be propelled by animals). Second, the research suggests a need for additional study of energy-absorbing fence and wall structures. We view these two points to be of significance because gates and associated structures (e.g., posts, fences, and walls) accounted for 45% of the injuries in the dataset, based on the associated injury narrative. Finally, the research identifies a previously unexplored source of agricultural injury data, namely the NEISS database. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Agricultural accidents en_US
dc.subject Agricultural injuries en_US
dc.subject Cattle en_US
dc.subject Cattle handling en_US
dc.subject Farm accidents en_US
dc.subject Farm injuries en_US
dc.subject Safety en_US
dc.title Worker injuries involving the interaction of cattle, cattle handlers, and farm structures or equipment en_US
dc.type Article (publisher version) en_US
dc.date.published 2015 en_US
dc.citation.epage 12 en_US
dc.citation.issue 1 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health en_US
dc.citation.spage 3 en_US
dc.citation.volume 21 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid eminton en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid sreves en_US
dc.contributor.ORCID orcid.org/0000-0002-9150-169X


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