Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Publications

Campus Units

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2021

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health

Volume

27

Issue

3

First Page

147

Last Page

158

Research Focus Area(s)

Occupational Safety Engineering

DOI

10.13031/jash.14450

Abstract

The approaches that parents take in the supervision of youth who perform hazardous tasks on family farms can affect youth safety outcomes. 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. Afterward, 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 when making decisions related to grain bin entry. The study’s limitations are addressed, as are the implications of these findings for youth safety outcomes on family farms.

Comments

This article is published as Walls, Kayla N., and Gretchen A. Mosher. "Factors that Influence Farm Safety Decisions of Young Adults when Entering Agricultural Grain Bins." Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health 27, no. 3 (2021): 147-158. DOI: 10.13031/jash.14450. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

ASABE

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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