Barriers to Education

Implementing educational methodologies designed to enhance the safety and health of those engaged in agricultural production has proven to be a complex problem. The fundamental sources of complexity have little to do with the problem of knowing what hazards need to be addressed. For example, it has been known for several decades that nearly half of all agricultural tractor-related fatalities could be prevented if all tractors were equipped with rollover protective structures (ROPS) and seat belts and that as many as half of all child-related fatalities on farms could be eliminated if children were not transported as extra riders on tractors (see Chapter 6). However, transfer of this knowledge in a way that results in clear recognition of the hazards, changed attitudes about the particular hazards, and modification of risky behaviors has proven difficult. Some of the reasons for these barriers are discussed below (12).

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