Latino Farm Workers, Work Organization, Safety and Health

The purpose of this 5-year, R01-type research project, led by Dr. Jennifer Swanberg, Principal Investigator, is to improve the occupational safety and health of Latino horse breeding workers by investigating exposure to (1) job-level hazards and (2) work organization factors that may increase exposure to job hazards. This study aims to identify job hazards and work organization factors inherent in horse production; determine the types of illness, injuries and “close call” (near miss) incidents experienced by Latino horse workers; and analyze the relationship of work organization and other variables to occupational health outcomes.

Horse farm worker

A hallmark of this study is the cooperation of key stakeholders, including representatives of both industry and the regional Latino community. Project advisory board members include representatives of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, the Bluegrass Community Health Center, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club, the Kentucky Migrant Outreach Project, Maxwell Legal Clinic, and the Kentucky Migrant Farmworkers with Disabilities Employment Partnership, et al. For details contact Jess Miller Clouser, UK College of Public Health, 859-323-0587.

On the Web at Latino Horse Farm Workers, Work Organization, Safety and Health.

Progress Report as of 2013 Dec 27 (PDF file)