Harvest of Hazards: Family Farming, Accidents, and Expertise by Derek S. Oden

By Derek S. Oden

Farming has continually been a deadly profession. in the course of the 20th century, as farmers followed a big selection of recent applied sciences, from tractors to insecticides and fertilizers, the risks turned extra acute. the industrial pressures that agriculture confronted during this interval compounded the perils of those strong new instruments, as farmers struggled to stick ecocnomic within the face of frequent consolidation.

In this research of the farm defense circulate within the Corn Belt, historian Derek Oden examines why agriculture was once so risky and why advancements have been so tricky to accomplish. simply because farmers have been self-employed enterprise vendors whose staff have been usually relatives; simply because they lived faraway from relief equivalent to hospitals and hearth stations; and since they'd to control this kind of assorted array of recent applied sciences, they can no longer simply undertake the place of work defense and public well-being reforms designed for factories and concrete settings. In reaction, starting within the Nineteen Forties, farmers and a brand new breed of farm defense experts relied upon an more and more difficult academic crusade to reduce accidents and health problems at the farm.

Several govt, company, and nonprofit organizations—from the united states division of Agriculture to the nationwide defense Council and 4-H and the longer term Farmers of America—worked jointly to publicize either the hazards of farming and the data farmers had to remain secure whereas using tractors, using anhydrous ammonia, or repairing equipment. by way of the Sixties, although, the partnership started to holiday down, and through the Nineteen Seventies the security circulate turned more and more contested as expert and coverage divisions emerged. This groundbreaking research accommodates agriculture into the histories of occupational defense and public health.

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