Pilot Project: Agricultural Work and Injuries in Teenagers

(NIOSH/CDC, 1999-2000) Direct assessment of the proportion of teenagers working in agriculture and the percent injured is sparsely reported in the literature and has not been performed in the Northwest United States. This project estimated the proportion of teenage children who work for pay in agriculturally related jobs in a rural town in Washington's Yakima Valley. Secondary goals were to estimate the injury rate among the teenage workers in the sample, to identify the patterns of work in relationship to school, and to characterize the treatment and outcome of these work related injuries. A random digit dialing survey targeted to a rural town composed of non-migratory agriculture workers of Mexican descent was employed to obtain these estimates.