Categories: Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing, Engineering Control, Service Sector, Young Workers
December 17th, 2015 3:50 pm ET -
Dawn Castillo, MPH; CAPT Cheryl F. Estill, PhD; and Robert Harrison, MD
Commercial Wood Chipper. Photo ©Thinkstock
Last week, a 19-year-old North Carolina teen was killed after being pulled feet first into a wood chipper (see news report). It was his first day on the job.Self-feeding mobile wood chippers commonly used during tree trimming operations consist of a feed mechanism, knives mounted on a rotating chipper disc or drum, and a power plant. Tree branches and trunk sections fed manually into the machine’s infeed hopper are grabbed by the feed mechanism or chipper knives. The chipper disc or drum, rotating between 1,000 and 2,000 rpm, cuts and propels wood chips through the discharge spout usually into a chip truck. The housing containing the chipper disc or drum is sectioned and includes a removable hood that allows access to machine components for maintenance.
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Categories: Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing
September 22nd, 2015 10:27 am ET -
Alyssa Llamas, BS; María Sofía Lioce, M.D., M.S.; and Viji Potula, Ph.D.
Shiprock Agency. Photo © Thinkstock.
Farming and ranching are important to the livelihood and culture of the Navajo Nation. Nearly all families living on the 27, 000 square mile reservation are involved in agriculture.1 Many of them use traditional farming practices that do not include powered machinery. However, an increasing number of farmers are changing to cash crops and larger-scale farming, which require tractors and other equipment. Also, more ranchers are raising cattle rather than sheep, a shift from traditional Navajo ranching.1 As Navajo farmers and ranchers take on new agricultural activities, it is important that they receive training on safe handling of potentially dangerous equipment and livestock.
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Categories: Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing, Communication, Construction, Occupational Health Equity, Service Sector
September 1st, 2015 11:24 am ET -
Pietra Check, Amy Filko, Mike Flynn, Nura Sadeghpour
Recently, NIOSH released a series of multi-media communication products for organizations that serve Spanish-speaking immigrant workers entitled Protéjase en el trabajo (Protect yourself at work). This series of products is a result of a multi-faceted project that includes 1) a partnership between NIOSH and the Mexican Consulates in the U.S. and 2) the development of illustrated materials for workers created through community outreach, engagement and input. The series includes 4 booklets/brochures, 2 posters, and 5 testimonial videos. The purpose of these materials is to provide evidence-based information to raise awareness about potential occupational safety and health issues and encourage workers to seek assistance for work-related questions or concerns. These new products are not meant to take the place of existing training and educational materials or intended to replace industry guidance and training, but instead serve as another venue to provide education and knowledge to these workers.
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Categories: Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing, NIOSH-funded Research
August 10th, 2015 8:33 am ET -
Kelsey Palm, Ellen Duysen, Risto Rautiainen, Clayton Kelling
Recent media reports of bison injuring visitors at Yellowstone National Park have raised public awareness of the hazards of interacting with bison. Those who work with these animals face unique risks. Bison are the largest land mammals in North America, weighing in at about 1,000-2,000 pounds.1 They can run 35 miles per hour and pivot quickly.1 They have not been bred for docility like livestock and are known to attack humans if provoked. These and other factors make working with bison hazardous.
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