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Identifying Safety Training Resource Needs in the Cattle Feeding Industry in the Midwestern United States

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Center for Reducing Health Disparities, Department of Health Promotion, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-4340, USA
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Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, Department of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-4388, USA
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Safety 2019, 5(2), 26; https://doi.org/10.3390/safety5020026
Received: 31 March 2019 / Revised: 23 April 2019 / Accepted: 30 April 2019 / Published: 30 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Agricultural Safety and Health)
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Abstract

Cattle feedyards are a high-risk environment. They are characterized by high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses. As such, there is a clear need to address the health and safety of cattle feedyard workers. Therefore, the purpose of this cross-sectional study was to explore safety training practices and preferences in the cattle feeding industry. A survey of feedyard managers, feedyard safety trainers, and feedyard operators was conducted (n = 28). We found that only half of respondents had dedicated safety personnel; however, there was interest in a safety training program, conducted through short hands-on and in-person methods with materials available in English and Spanish. The majority of participants were also interested in a feedyard safety certification program. Participants reaffirmed the importance of partnering with industry and other stakeholders when conducting these types of programs. The results of this Phase 1-type translational research study will be used to guide the development of feedyard safety trainings and a corresponding recognition program for feedyards and feedyard workers as part of the “Improving Safety and Health of Cattle Feedyard Workers” project. View Full-Text
Keywords: feedyard safety; feedyard hazards; feedlots; agricultural health and safety; translational research; research-to-practice (r2p) feedyard safety; feedyard hazards; feedlots; agricultural health and safety; translational research; research-to-practice (r2p)
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Ramos, A.K.; Duysen, E.; Yoder, A.M. Identifying Safety Training Resource Needs in the Cattle Feeding Industry in the Midwestern United States. Safety 2019, 5, 26.

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