Potential accident hazards and health risks in a mechanized agricultural environment are discussed. The improved design of tractors will reduce the risk of overturning, safeguard the driver if accidents do occur and lessen the physiological damage caused by noise, vibration and jolting. Noise-induced hearing loss is found in 50 per cent of tractor drivers and the noise from other agricultural equipment, such as orchard-spraying equipment, various types of barn machinery and chain saws, increases the likelihood of impairment of the hearing. Hazards from the moving parts of machinery, the danger of falls, high dust concentrations in barns and excessive carbon monoxide levels, from the use of petrol engines in enclosed areas, are given as examples of other agricultural risks.
JOURNAL AND NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE ID#
JOURNAL: Ann Occup Hyg. 1969; 12(2): 69-75.
Note: Annals of Occupational Hygiene.NLOM ID#: 69179143
Publication #: 69179143
This document was extracted from the CDC-NIOSH Epidemiology of Farm Related Injuries: Bibliography With Abstracts, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
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