Fall 2021

Type of Culminating Activity

Student research paper


This MDS Capstone Project’s purpose is to bring forth knowledge, various resources, and different perspectives to help reduce employee injuries at Bettencourt & Crossbred Dairies. I chose this project because I was interested in understanding why there had been a steady increase in employee injuries on the dairy farms. In addition, I wanted to explore which departments and locations had increased employee work-related injuries and understand the dynamics surrounding these findings. The conclusion from my research was a need to increase safety awareness across all departments and provide educational information for accident prevention. Along with this information, there was a need to get injured employees back to light or modified work after they were released from their physician.

The tangible product from this project is an updated Safety Program /Manual for Bettencourt and Crossbred Dairies which aims to promote a more robust safety culture from the owners, front-line managers to the employees. The goals and objectives are to ultimately decrease employee injuries across the dairy farming operation which will therefore reduce the overall workman’s compensation costs.

Degree Program

Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies


Margaret Sass, J.D., Ed.D.



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