Hispanic-operated farms, 2008 : youth, injuries, & safety
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Hispanic-operated farms, 2008 : youth, injuries, & safety

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      Hispanic-Operated Farms: A survey of Hispanic farm operators estimated that 55% of Hispanic-operated farms had youth less than 20 years of age on their farm sometime during 2008. 1. 26,185 youth lived on these farms. 2. 3,969 youth were hired by the farm operators. 3. 470,829 youth were visitors to these farms. 4. 50% of youth visitors were relatives. 5. 7% of youth relatives visiting the farms performed work. Injuries on Hispanic-Operated Farms: Hispanic farm operators reported an estimated 254 injuries to youth on their farms in 2008. 1. 57% of the injuries were to youth living on the farm. 2. About one-third of the injuries occurred to youth who were working or completing chores on the farm. 3. About two out of every three injuries occurred on livestock operations. General Farm Safety: 1. Restrict access to ponds, lagoons, pools and manure pits with locking gates. 2. Have water safety and rescue equipment at all farm ponds and train youth on proper usage. 3. Do not leave keys in the ignition of machinery or vehicles. 4. Talk to youth about the importance of roll-over protective structures (ROPS) and seatbelt use on tractors. 5. Do not permit anyone without a drivers license to operate tractors or other vehicles on public roads. 6. Keep hazardous items, such as chemicals, fuel, and pesticides in a secure, locked area.
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