Occupational Health Among Latino Horse and Crop Workers in Kentucky: The Role of Work Organization Factors

Jennifer E. Swanberg, Jessica Miller Clouser, Steven R. Browning, Susan C. Westneat, Mary Katherine Marsh

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Agriculture is a dangerous industry often reliant on Latino workers, a vulnerable population. Using a work organization framework, this cross-sectional study analyzes the relationship between work organization variables and the occupational health of Latino crop (n = 49) and horse breeding (n = 54) workers in Kentucky. Increased levels of abusive supervision were associated with occupational injury (odds ratio [OR] = 2.97; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.0-8.77) and increased awkward postures were associated with occupational illness (OR = 3.85; 95% CI: 1.06-13.98). Although not statistically significant, abusive supervision increased the odds and a high safety climate score decreased the odds of injury, illness, and missed work. These findings suggest that the supervisor-subordinate relationship may play a critical role in the occupational health of Latino farmworkers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)312-325
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Agromedicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2013

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The work presented in this paper was supported by the Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention, University of Kentucky College of Public Health, under CDC/NIOSH Cooperative Agreement 5U50 OH007547-09.


  • Agriculture
  • Latino farmworkers
  • occupational health
  • supervisory practices
  • work organization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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