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Document ID (ISN)104781
CIS number 06-430
ISSN - Serial title 0925-7535 - Safety Science
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Mohan D., Kumar A., Patel R., Varghese M.
Title Development of safer fodder-cutter machines: A case study from north India
Bibliographic information Jan. 2004, Vol.42, No.1, p.43-55. Illus. 18 ref.
Abstract Fodder-cutter machines are used daily by farmers and their families in India for the preparation of fodder for their livestock. An epidemiological study carried out among farming communities in northern India showed that all age groups sustained fodder-cutter injuries while operating the machine, and around half of the victims were children below 15 years of age. The injuries led to a large number of limb amputations among persons operating or playing with the machine. A detailed study of injuries and machine characteristics resulted in a safer fodder-cutter design. The improvements described in this article are cost effective and can be incorporated in both existing and new fodder-cutter machines.
Descriptors (primary) India; agricultural equipment; safety by design; mechanical hazards; agriculture
Descriptors (secondary) safety devices; children; dangerous equipment; age-linked differences; traumatic amputation; unsafe acts; unsafe practices; injuries
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceIndia
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Agriculture