ERIC Number: ED403409
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
The Invisible Worker: Highlights of the Ohio Migrant Farm Worker Safety Needs Assessment. Working Paper Series WP-024.
Bean, Thomas L.; Isaacs, Linda K.
The Ohio Migrant Farm Worker Safety Needs Assessment was conducted to obtain baseline data on why migrant farm workers are at high risk of injury and illness in Ohio. First, 106 migrant farm workers were interviewed at clinics, labor camps, and job sites. Information concerning demographics, safety training, and incidence of occupational injury and illness was gathered in English and Spanish. Next, a questionnaire was sent to 110 employers in 4 agricultural sectors (vegetable, fruit, packing, and nursery). Eighty-four (76%) of the employers responded to the questionnaire, which included questions about operation demographics, implementation of safety preventive measures, incidence occupational injury/illness among workers, and employer attitudes regarding specific safety-related activities. It was discovered that Ohio's migrant farm workers (more than 99% of whom are Hispanic and 50% of whom reported working in the fields/groves when children) are not receiving adequate, standardized safety and health training. The little safety training that was being provided by employers was often informal and delivered through ineffective training methods. A critical need for programmatic and educational support for the growers, managers, and crew chiefs who develop and conduct training was identified. (Contains 12 tables/figures and 12 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center for Labor Research.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio