Health and safety risks in production agriculture

Susanna G. Von Essen, Stephen A. McCurdy

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Production agriculture is associated with a variety of occupational illnesses and injuries. Agricultural workers are at higher risk of death or disabling injury than most other workers. Traumatic injury commonly occurs from working with machinery or animals. Respiratory illness and health problems from exposures to farm chemicals are major concerns, and dermatoses, hearing loss, certain cancers, and zoonotic infections are important problems. Innovative means of encouraging safe work practices are being developed. Efforts are being made to reach all groups of farmworkers, including migrant and seasonal workers, farm youth, and older farmers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)214-220
Number of pages7
JournalWestern Journal of Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1998

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