Health

NIOSH stresses ways to keep young ag workers safe



 

Long recognized as an especially dangerous work environment, farms are particularly hazardous to the children and adolescents who work and live on them.

With 113 people under 20 years of age killed annually on U.S. farms, and 15,011 injured, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is urging farm parents to follow the North American Guidelines for Children’s Agricultural Tasks (NAGCAT) developed by the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety.

Based on child development principles, NAGCAT matches a child’s physical, mental, and psychosocial abilities with the requirements of specific farm work. NIOSH says NAGCAT has been shown to be successful in preventing and reducing injuries among farm families where the guidelines were actively disseminated.

In a study of central New York State farms, intervention farms made more safety-related changes than control farms, such as setting limits on the amount of time a child could perform work between breaks and delaying initiation of ATV-use. In the 0 to 19 year age group, the amount of time that lapsed before occurrence of a NAGCAT-preventable injury was significantly longer for the intervention group than the control group. Incidence of NAGCAT-preventable injuries decreased by half among seven to 19 year-olds on intervention farms versus control farms.

While hailing such improvements, NIOSH says the number of youth injuries and fatalities on farms continues to be a public health concern. “A multi-faceted prevention strategy that includes use of NAGCAT is recommended as the next step in further reducing childhood agricultural injuries,” according to the institute.

For information on NAGCAT, visit: www.nagcat.org/nagcat/

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to ISHN.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

Scenes from the World of Safety

Sights, signs & symbols from the National Safety Congress & Expo held in San Diego, CA, September 15-18

4/21/15 2:00 pm EDT

The Safety Selfie: It’s time to take a “snap shot” of your safety program and contemplate what others see

We all know perception is reality and that people perceive things differently. As a safety manager, your perception of your safety program almost certainly differs from that of your workers and your managers. We will use our “Safety Selfies” to expose weaknesses, real and perceived, and to talk about how best to make improvements.

ISHN Magazine

ISHN0415_cover.jpg

2015 April

Check out ISHN's April issue, which features content about lockout-tagout, heat stress, hearing protection and more!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

THE ISHN STORE

M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\ISHN\safetyfourth.jpg
Safety Engineering, 4th Edition

A practical, solutions-driven reference, Safety Engineering, 4th edition, has been completely revised and updated to reflect many of today’s issues in safety.

More Products

For Distributors Only - January 2015

FDO JAN 2015 COVER

 

For Distributors Only is ISHN's niche brand standard-sized magazine supplement aimed at an audience of 2,000 U.S. distributors that sell safety products. Circulation only goes to distributors. 

CHECK OUT THE JANUARY 2015 ISSUE OF FDO HERE

STAY CONNECTED

Facebook logo Twitter YouTubeLinkedIn Google + icon

ishn infographics

2012 US workplace deathsCheck out ISHN's new Infographic page! Learn more about worker safety through these interactive images. CLICK HERE to view the page.