OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS PREVALENCE AND AGRICULTURAL WORKERS’ JOB PERFORMANCE OF AGRICULTURAL ORGANISATIONS IN OYO STATE, NIGERIAAbstract:
Occupational hazards occurrence is one of the major determinants of agricultural workers job performance which could lead to intentions to quit, absenteeism, low commitment and productivity in the workplace. The study assessed and test the association of the occupational hazards prevalence and agricultural workers’ job performance of agricultural organisations in Oyo State, Nigeria. The data collected was primary and cross-sectional. A simple random sampling technique was used in selecting 128 participants in the study area. The results revealed that the mean age of the agricultural workers was 36 years while their average monthly income was ₦ 82,175.22 and years of work experience was 10.47 years. The prevailing occupational hazards include falls, slips and trips on muddy surfaces (x̅ = 3.54), back pain/general body pain while repeatedly bending over to work (x̅ = 3.44) and working in an environment full of sharp objects (x̅ = 3.43). Occupational hazards are often prevalent (x̅ = 4.15). The agricultural workers are high job performers (x̅ = 4.22). Pearson Product Moment Correlation showed that at p < 0.05, occupational hazards prevalence (r = -0.47) significantly associates with agricultural workers’ job performance in the study area. Based on the results of the study, it was recommended that agricultural organisations should train and re-train their agricultural workers periodically on occupational safety and health at work. This will reduce the occupational hazards stumbled upon by the agricultural workers thereby increasing their job performance.