Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Journal or Book Title
Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
Research Focus Area(s)
Occupational Safety Engineering
The approach parents take in the supervision of their youth as they complete hazardous tasks can affect youth safety outcomes on family farms. This research examines the most significant factors affecting youths’ decisions to enter agricultural grain storage facilities. Over 200 students attending a Midwestern land-grant university who had grain bin experience as youth completed a decision-making survey. Students chose from a list of actions in three realistic but hypothetical scenarios involving grain bin entry. Afterwards, they ranked factors according to the level of importance in their decision. Although most participants chose options that emphasized safety when answering the scenario questions and held the “personal safety” factor in highest regard, some chose higher risk options and valued “productivity.” The findings revealed that youth held little value in their parents’ authority and pressure while making decisions related to grain bin entry. The study’s limitations are addressed, as are the implications of these findings on youth safety outcomes on family farms.
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
Walls, Kayla N. and Mosher, Gretchen A., "Factors That Influence Young Adult Farm Safety Decisions While Entering Agricultural Grain Bins" (2021). Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Publications. 1221.