Psychosocial factors and safety behaviour as predictors of accidental work injuries in farming

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Farming is one of the most hazardous occupations in terms of the incidence and seriousness of accidental injuries. Research with other occupational groups has drawn attention to the role of psychosocial factors and stress. Such research needs to be extended to agriculture. Since stress may be a problem faced by farmers, there is a particular need to investigate the associations between farm
accidents and work stressars and stress reactions. Using multivariate logistic regression analyses, this srudy airned to uneover the best psychosocial predictors of injury, while controiling for exposurerelated confounders. From a randomly selected sample of 794 farms, l 0% of all farms in Ringkoebing
County, Denmark, 393 farmers compiered weekly accident registration over 12 months. The study sample consisred of 31 O farmers who also compiered questionnaires on psychosocial factors.
indicated that farm stressars (including perceived economic problems), stress symptoms, and safety behaviour were predictors of occupational farm accidents. Higher levels of stressars and stress
symptoms and poor safety behaviour were all associated with an elevated risk of injury. In the case of stress symptoms, the relation with accidents occurred via an interaction with safety behaviour. The perception of high levels of stress symptoms and poor safety behaviour was associated with a
particularly high accident risk.
TidsskriftWork and Stress
Sider (fra-til)173-189
Antal sider17
StatusUdgivet - apr. 2006

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