New technologies and worker safety in western agriculture.

J Agromedicine 2009 ;14(4):417-20

Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center, School of Public Health, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195, USA.

The New Paths: Health and Safety in Western Agriculture conference, November 11-13, 2008, highlighted the role of technological innovation in agricultural production. The tree fruit industry in the Pacific Northwest has adopted a "technology road map" to reduce production costs and improve efficiency. An agricultural tour provided field demonstrations and discussions on such topics as mobile work platforms in orchards, traumatic and musculoskeletal injuries, and new pest control technologies. Occupational safety and health research will need to adapt to and keep pace with rapid changes in agricultural production processes.

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March 2010
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