Carla Wilhite and Trish Siegel, University of New Mexico
This session will introduce participants to the structure of the hand, its functions, and to mechanisms and types of injuries in farm work environments. Participants will focus on identifying strategies for prevention of primary and secondary injury of the hand, and maintaining general hand health in the agricultural workplace.
This presentation will highlight key resources for participants regarding programs specific for veterans and projects that serve this population. The session will provide education regarding the new BattleGround to Breaking Ground Entrepreneurial Training project that provides mentorships, online courses, and individual education plans to veterans and other beginning farmer/ranchers. The webinar will include time for projects to network and suggest additional resources.
As workers age, they are faced with increasing rates of arthritis, back pain, decreased strength/endurance, hearing impairments and other medical conditions. These conditions increase the likelihood of slips and falls, being pushed by fast-moving livestock, accidents with machinery, and other dangers. Assistive technology can help mitigate the impact of aging conditions and help older farmers work with more safety. The cost of assistive technology and safety is significantly less than the expense of injury on the farm.
This "unconferencing" online group discussion session will focus on "what is known and unknown" about seating people with disabilities, especially those with spinal cord injuries, into agricultural machinery. The group will work toward prioritizing issues and making recommendations on where evidence needs to be developed to support the selection and implementation of interventions in seating. (Please note that this session will have a different URL than the others, so please make sure you specifically register for it if you plan to attend.)