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Five-Year University Study Sheds Light On Farm Workers' Challenges And Potential Solutions

The University of Kentucky's College of Public Health and the University of Maryland's School of Social Work have released the results of a five-year study into health and safety of workers at Thoroughbred operations.

The survey found the average work week for a full-time employee was 48 hours, for which the average full-time, non-seasonal worker made around $9.50 per hour. Researchers collected information on a total of 284 injuries incurred by workers on 22 farms, ranging from minor contusions to broken bones. Interestingly, only 57 percent of injuries suffered on the job were directly as a result of contact with a horse, with 20 percent of those coming from a kick.

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