Compliance with NAGCAt work practices recommendations for youth cleaning service alleys in stall barns

B. D. Canan, L. Asti, C. Heaney, S. Ashida, K. Renick, H. Xiang, L. Stallones, S. D. Jepsen, J. M. Crawford, J. R. Wilkins

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Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in the U.S. among persons 1 to 44 years of age. Over one million children and adolescents in the U.S. live, work, and/or play on farms, where injury risk is relatively high compared to other settings. In an attempt to reduce the number of childhood agricultural injuries occurring on farms, the North American Guidelines for Children's Agricultural Tasks (NAGCAT) was developed to assist parents or other caregivers in assigning develop-mentally appropriate chores to youth exposed to agricultural hazards. The results presented here are from a longitudinal study in which we obtained (self-reported) daily chore, injury, and safety behavior data from children and adolescents. We focused on one NAGCAT chore, cleaning a service alley in a stall barn, in order to estimate the extent of compliance with specific work practice recommendations contained in the NAGCAT. Our results indicated that among the four NAGCAT-recommended safety practices for cleaning service alleys in stall barns (wearing non-skid shoes, leather gloves, a respirator, and eye protection), wearing non-skid shoes was the only safety practice reported with any degree of regularity. Overall, boys were more likely to wear non-skid shoes compared to girls. In addition, older youth were generally more likely to report higher work practice compliance compared to younger youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages20
Specialist publicationJournal of Agricultural Safety and Health
StatePublished - Jun 20 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Agricultural health hazards
  • Children
  • Farm safety
  • Occupational health
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Rural health
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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