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Working conditions of animal husbandry staff: Issues and solutions

Vol. 13, Iss. 8, AUGUST 2017

Received: 26 June 2017

Received in revised form: 18 July 2017

Accepted: 4 August 2017

Available online: 29 August 2017

Subject Heading: SOCIAL SERVICES AND EDUCATION

JEL Classification: J28, J81, O13

Pages: 1517–1531

https://doi.org/10.24891/ni.13.8.1517

Studennikova N.S. Orel State Agrarian University, Orel, Russian Federation stu-nadya@yandex.ru

Importance Russia's animal husbandry segment demonstrates one of the highest levels of injury and fatal injury among all types of economic activities. Injuries and morbidity among cattle breeders influence the productivity, since they cause the loss of a week or more in working time and subsequent financial losses.
Objectives The research analyzes the nature of accidents with severe consequences in the animal husbandry of the Russian Federation so to identify what causes injuries and outline how they can be prevented.
Methods I analyze injuries in Russia's animal husbandry using the data of the Federal State Statistics Service and Database, Severe and Fatal Injuries in Russia's AIC. I scrutinize literature so to pinpoint cases of injuries in animal husbandry abroad.
Results In 2015, the general level of injury in animal husbandry and fatal injuries exceeded the average sectoral and national indicators. Those who are exposed to harmful and/or hazardous working conditions in agriculture accounted for 30 percent in 2015. Reviewing foreign sources of information, I figure out that foreign animal husbandry faces the same difficulties.
Conclusions and Relevance To increase the labor productivity, reduce losses from injuries, save people’s lives and health, it is necessary to implement contemporary technologies, which will improve working conditions. The findings can be used to communicate the occupational safety situation in animal husbandry to relevant parties and specialists so that they determine what technical and organizational activities should be performed to prevent accidents in cattle breeding farms.

Keywords: agriculture, severe injury, animal injury, working conditions, occupational safety

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