Collaborative Partners

Association of University Programs in Occupational Health and Safety (AUPOHS)

An award-winning on-the-farm safety program developed to reduce hazards and improve worker knowledge and practices.

 

Kentucky Department of Agriculture

A consumer protection and service agency that affects the lives of all Kentuckians every day. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture administers Kentucky Proud, the state's official farm marketing program.

 

AgrAbility

The vision of AgrAbility is to enhance quality of life for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities. While the term "disability" often brings to mind conditions such as spinal cord injuries and amputations, AgrAbility addresses not only these but also many other conditions, such as arthritis, back impairments, and behavioral health issues.

 

Multi Center Collaboration – Evaluators/Coordinators/Outreach (ECO) Group

An ongoing multi-center collaborative outreach strategy was developed between SCAHIP and the ECO Group comprised of representation from the 11 US Ag Centers and Conceptual Arts, Inc., (Gainesville, FL) on expansion of the National Agricultural Safety Database (www.nasdonline.org) as a premier online source for stakeholder access to resources and tools identified, developed, and evaluated by the NIOSH Agricultural Centers. The program with its strong ties to the University of Kentucky’s instructional design program is using state-of-the-art technology to package, market, and distribute field-tested agricultural occupational safety and health materials and tools.

 

Stakeholder Outreach

In addition to the specific Center Outreach work with the ECO group and Center faculty, Drs. Reed, Swanberg and Mazur and their programs engaged in numerous outreach activities and distribution of materials to stakeholders as part of their funded research, intervention and educational program. In 2014-15, presentations have reached 764 stakeholders and 1,013 safety materials have been distributed as part of these presentations and events.

 

Regional Outreach to Women and Minority Small Farmers

Dr. Mazur and outreach staff efforts to foster outreach with under-represented groups was successful during the reporting period. A collaboration with Georgia Women in Agriculture (GWIAA) was developed and shows great potential for future outreach and research collaborations. Dr. Mazur became a collaborator on the “Safe Children on Georgia Farms: A Statewide NAGCAT Training Program through the Georgia Women in Agriculture Association (GWIAA) grant. Dr. Mazur in collaboration with the National Children’s Center will work to ‘grow’ regional Child Safety initiatives with links to various regional Agricultural Centers. Four workshops with follow ups began in March, 2015 (N=30). This work also included a one-day workshop for graduate students from the Emory University College of Public Health Rural Occupational Health Course (with Dr. Judith Wold) participating in a Migrant Outreach Health Clinic in Moutrie, GA (N=20).

 

TSI: Tractor Safety Initiative: Costs of Tractor Operator Injuries from Overturns and Highway Collisions (follow up) and ongoing, related activities focused on at-risk and high-risk regional populations

In 2004, the NIOSH Agricultural Safety and Health Centers launched an initiative to conduct research on the consequences of and approaches to control agricultural tractor-related injuries. The most significant cause of fatal injuries is tractor overturns (Hard, et al, 2001). An effective intervention to control these injuries is equipping tractors with rollover protective structures (ROPS) and seatbelts (Swenson, 2004). Estimates of the costs of fatal overturns of non-ROPS tractors exist but are limited. Much less is known about the frequency, severity, and costs of nonfatal injuries that result from these events. This project combined operator fatal and nonfatal injury outcome data from a large population-based random sample of Kentucky farms with farm tractor-related injury data from two large U.S. worker compensation databases, three large national random sample USDA/NIOSH farm tractor surveys, public roadway farm machinery crash data from North Carolina, and worker compensation data from Finland. The two key aims of this study were as follows: 1) Determine the prevalence and costs of farm tractor overturn and roadway collision injuries and identify how these costs are distributed (who pays these costs). 2) Use recently collected data from four population-based sources to estimate the frequency and severity of tractor overturn injuries and calculate the cost of these events and the losses averted by retrofitting unguarded agricultural tractors with ROPS or replacing them with ROPS-equipped tractors. Researchers from the University of Kentucky, Colorado State University, University of Iowa, North Carolina State University, University of California (Davis), and NIOSH Morgantown, Division of Safety Research worked on 12 projects related to these aims. The results of this effort and similar studies are necessary for calculating the cost-effectiveness of educational, incentive, policy, and legislative intervention programs designed to retrofit non-ROPS tractors with ROPS and seatbelts or replace them with ROPS-equipped tractors.