Primary Presenter: Charles Jennissen, MD, University of Iowa.
Additional Authors: Gerene Denning, PhD; Karisa Harland, PhD, University of Iowa Department of Emergency Medicine.
Learning Objective: Attendees will be able to identify at least three safety-related knowledge items not generally known by agricultural workers who use ATVs/side-by-sides for occupational purposes, and they will be able to discuss how a training workshop may positively affect safety knowledge and behaviors.
Abstract: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that work-related deaths from all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) increased 400% from 1998-2007, and the fatality rate for agricultural workers was over 100 times that for workers in other sectors. Few ATV operators receive any formal training. Although some occupational ATV safety training resources are available, the efficacy of existing programs has not been reported. Through a grant from the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health, we developed a workshop that provides relevant, evidence-based training to farmers related to the safe occupational and recreational use of ATVs and side-by-side vehicles. The training was piloted to owners and employees, 18 years and older, who operate ATVs and/or side-by-sides for agricultural purposes. Prior to the training, demographic information and experiences related to ATV and side-by-side loss of control events and crashes were collected. Baseline ATV/side-by-side safety knowledge and safety behaviors were also determined. The effects of the workshop on short- and long-term knowledge, on the reported likelihood of using the knowledge gained, and on the safety behavior being practiced at the 6-month follow were assessed. Descriptive and multivariable analyses were performed, and will be presented.
A/V Needed: LCD Projector/Laptop
Oral presentation, 30 minutes