Crashes Involving Agricultural Vehicles in the Southwest Region
Summary: Motor vehicle crashes are among the top reasons that workers are injured in agriculture. From an occupational safety and health perspective, rural roadways present unique challenges to stakeholders engaged in crash and injury prevention. This session provides an overview of the key issues relevant to rural roadway safety within the context of agricultural vehicles and logging trucks and proven methods for reducing rural roadway crashes and their severity. In addition, the magnitude of the crash problem and trends will be presented for the Southwest Region (i.e., AR, LA, NM, OK, and TX) using data from the Southwest Agricultural Crash Surveillance System (SW AgCRASH).
Intended Audience: health and safety professionals, farmers, ranchers, ag workers, healthcare providers, and others interested in rural roadway safety
Objectives: At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to...
1. Describe the frequency of crashes involving agricultural vehicles in the Southwest Regional over time.
2. Identify the top factors contributing to roadway crashes involving agricultural vehicles in the Southwest Region.
3. Identity potential countermeasures or ways to reduce crashes involving agricultural vehicles or their severity.
Eva Shipp, MS, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Eva Shipp, PhD, is a Senior Research Scientist at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute where she manages the crash analytics team. She is formally trained in occupational and injury epidemiology. She oversees a variety of projects including those targeting agricultural and commercial motor vehicles and efforts to improve the quality of crash reporting in Texas and other states. Current funders include NIOSH through the Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention, and Education, the Federal Motor Carrier Association, and the Texas Dept of Transportation. She also serves as the technical advisor to the Texas Traffic Records Coordinating Committee, which is a group of state agencies working to improve traffic safety through linkages between crash records and other data sources.