Increasing Farm Safety Using Behavioral Skills Training

Increasing Farm Safety Using Behavioral Skills Training

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The following study attempted to examine the impact of behavioral skills training on operation safety of agricultural equipment as well as determined the effectiveness of standard distribution safety precautions by the leading tractor companies. Researchers observed unskilled tractor operators while they engaged in basic tractor operation following viewing of a manufacture operation video that accompanied the purchase of a midsize compact utility tractor. Following observation of numerous unsafe operations, each operator underwent a sequence of behavioral skills training to improve safe tractor operation. Results showed that performance levels increased across all participants relative to baseline after implementation of the edited video and manual condition (over 95% increases in behavior). Following implementation of behavioral skills training accuracy and safe operation increased to 100% safe behavior across all participants. Results of the current study suggest that behavioral safety has promising utility in the under-researched field of agriculture. With farm accidents a leading cause of death in the United States, this investigation has considerable implications for the novel applications of behavioral safety.The operatora#39;s manual for attachable equipment is much the same as the general operatora#39;s manual. ... The video that is occasionally supplied with the equipment outlines the operatora#39;s manual and its contents (J. Myers with New Holland; B. Shaftener with Massey ... As previously stated, there are many safety concerns when purchasing and using a tractor (e.g., entanglement, roll overs, run overs, and/oranbsp;...

Title:Increasing Farm Safety Using Behavioral Skills Training
Author:Laura L. Portera
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008


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