A Method to Quantify the Detailed Risk of Serious Injury in Agricultural Production

Noha M. Hanafy Mahmoud *, Allan Leck Jensen, Cairistiona F.E. Topp, Claus Grøn Sørensen, Michael Nørremark, Vera Eory, Nick Hutchings

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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Abstract

Agricultural injuries are a valuable social sustainability indicator. However, current methods use sector-scale production data, so are unable to assess the impact of changes in individual farming practices. Here, we developed a method that adopts a life cycle approach to quantify the number of serious injuries during agricultural production processes and assess the potential impact of changes in agricultural practices. The method disaggregates agricultural production into operations and estimates the contribution each operation makes to the frequency of different types of injuries. The method was tested using data collected by survey during an expert workshop in which sixteen participants were asked to estimate the parameters related to typical dairy cattle and pig farms. Parameter estimates for specific operations varied considerably between participants, so normalized values were used to disaggregate sector-scale statistics to production operations. The results were in general agreement with the results from other studies. Participants found it challenging to quantify the potential effect of new technologies. Provided suitable empirical statistical data are available, the method can be used to quantify the risk of injury associated with individual products and provide an ex-ante assessment of future developments in farming practices.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer3859
TidsskriftSustainability
Vol/bind13
Nummer7
Antal sider16
ISSN2071-1050
DOI
StatusUdgivet - apr. 2021

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