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The benefits of a farm safety program

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David E. Bayer , Cooperative Extension

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California Agriculture 38(1):26-27.

Published January 01, 1984

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Not available – first paragraph follows: Work-related injuries impose substantial costs on employers as well as employees. This is as true of agriculture as of other industries. Moreover, because crops may perish if accidents delay harvest, and expensive machinery must be handled by experienced workers. farmers cannot afford to lose key people. There is ample proof from other industries that effective safety programs can reduce injuries and save companies money. The DuPont Company, for example, saved $26 million on workers' compensation, or the equivalent of 3.6 percent of its net profits, because management made safety the first item on its agenda (Jeremy Main, “When Accidents Don't Happen,” Fortune, September 6, 1982). However, until now, the literature has provided few examples of such success in agriculture.

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This study is part of a research project on the effects of training on employee motivation. Special thanks are given to the cooperating growers, as well as to Howard Rosenberg, Gary Johnston, Robert Brazelton, and Theodore Torngren, UC Cooperative Extension, and to Julien Phillips of McKinsey Corporation for their suggestions.

The benefits of a farm safety program

David E. Bayer
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The benefits of a farm safety program

Share using any of the popular social networks Share by sending an email Print article
Share using any of the popular social networks Share by sending an email Print article

Authors

David E. Bayer , Cooperative Extension

Publication Information

California Agriculture 38(1):26-27.

Published January 01, 1984

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Author Affiliations show

Abstract

Not available – first paragraph follows: Work-related injuries impose substantial costs on employers as well as employees. This is as true of agriculture as of other industries. Moreover, because crops may perish if accidents delay harvest, and expensive machinery must be handled by experienced workers. farmers cannot afford to lose key people. There is ample proof from other industries that effective safety programs can reduce injuries and save companies money. The DuPont Company, for example, saved $26 million on workers' compensation, or the equivalent of 3.6 percent of its net profits, because management made safety the first item on its agenda (Jeremy Main, “When Accidents Don't Happen,” Fortune, September 6, 1982). However, until now, the literature has provided few examples of such success in agriculture.

Full text

Full text is available in PDF.

Author notes

This study is part of a research project on the effects of training on employee motivation. Special thanks are given to the cooperating growers, as well as to Howard Rosenberg, Gary Johnston, Robert Brazelton, and Theodore Torngren, UC Cooperative Extension, and to Julien Phillips of McKinsey Corporation for their suggestions.


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