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Document ID (ISN)78342
CIS number 02-227
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Marlenga B., Pickett W., Berg R.L.
Title Assignment of work involving farm tractors to children on North American farms
Bibliographic information July 2001, Vol.40, No.1, p.15-22. Illus. 17 ref.
Abstract Children are at high risk for tractor-related injury. The North American Guidelines for Children's Agricultural Tasks (NAGCAT) provide recommendations for the assignment of tractor work. This analysis describes tractor-related jobs assigned to farm children and compares them to NAGCAT. A descriptive analysis was conducted of baseline data collected by telephone interview. The study population consisted of 1,138 children who worked on 498 North American farms. A total of 2,389 farm jobs were reported and 456 (19.1%) involved operation of farm tractors. Leading types of tractor jobs were identified. Modest, yet important, percentages of children were assigned tractor work before the minimum ages recommended by NAGCAT. Children on farms are involved in tractor work at a young age and some are involved in jobs that they are unlikely to have the developmental abilities to perform.
Descriptors (primary) children; Canada; young persons; tractors; agricultural operations; USA
Descriptors (secondary) occupational accidents; qualifications; questionnaire survey; work aptitude
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada; USA
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Road transportation