Safety and Health Perceptions and Concerns of Custom Harvesters

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Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health, Vol: 13, Issue: 4, Page: 349-355

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Steffen, R W; Frazier, Kyle W; Watson, Dennis G; Harrison, Tony V
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
Custom harvesters; Perceptions; Regulations; Safety; Safety management
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This study elicited the perceptions and concerns of custom harvesters regarding safety and health issues faced in their operations, self‐perceived knowledge of selected regulations, and self‐perceived ability to train employees on the safe operation of equipment. The average age of custom harvesters' (CH) employees was 22 to 25 years (47.2%). The most common length of the harvest season was 5 to 6 months (70.9%). The most common responses to length of work day were 9 to 11 hours (34.5%) and 12 to 14 hours (54.5%). In general, CH ranked combine operation experience as most important when hiring employees. The CH felt inexperience was the leading contributor to lost‐time incidents. They were most concerned about DOT regulations and Worker's Compensation rules, but also felt they had a good knowledge of those areas.