The objective of this study was to identify and describe work-related safety hazards, injuries, and near-injury events (close calls) that occurred on trout farms in North Carolina and Kentucky. An interview instrument was used to collect information on occupational hazards, injuries, and near-injury events that resulted from work-related activities. Trout farmers reported occupational hazards including falling live tank lids, slippery surfaces on hauling trucks, lifting strains, falls from raceway walls and walkways, needlesticks while vaccinating fish, allergies, hypothermia/drowning, falls from cranes, chemical exposure, fire/explosions related to oxygen exposure, and electrical contact with overhead power lines. This study also reports solutions suggested by farm safety researchers or used by farmers to prevent the safety hazards found on trout farms.
Questionnaires; Epidemiology; Statistical-analysis; Surveillance-programs; Injury-prevention; Accident-prevention; Accident-statistics; Accident-rates; Agriculture; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-industry;
Author Keywords: Aquaculture; Fish farm; Hazards; Safety; Trout; Trout farm