Survey of Health and Safety Behaviour of Potato Farmers in Carleton County, New Brunswick

  • Hallett, Angela L.


Male farmers have different mortality patterns and occupational hazards than other working men. I examined the safety behaviour of a group of farmers, regarding machinery and pesticides, their health complaints and the prevalence of specific accidents.

I randomly selected 43 Carleton County potato growers and personally interviewed them during the summer of 1985. I found a widespread non- compliance with industrial and government recommendations for safe use of pesticides, use of tractors without roll-over protection, carbon monoxide exposure, hand injuries, complaints of stress, musculoskeletal problems and hearing impairment.

With farming, the residence and the workplace are the same, so family members as well as individual farmers are at risk: 30% of farmers who stored pesticides in winter kept them in the basement of their homes. Children were also victims in tractor, machinery and pesticide accidents.


JOURNAL: Can J Public Health. 1987; 78(5): 345-349.

Note: Canadian Journal of Public Health.

NLOM ID#: 88079766 .

Publication #: 88079766

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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