Monday, April 03, 2006

New picking season brings ergonomics to the field

The need for ergonomics is everywhere ...

"Ergonomics is heading from the office to the orchard.

Apple pickers and farm workers are plagued by strains and sprains. So now researchers are trying to design equipment that cuts down on injuries. For instance, an apple farm near the Canadian border has tested a new fruit bag designed to reduce back and shoulder injuries. Wider testing is planned in other states.

In Washington state, researchers are testing high-tech orchard ladders that sound an alarm when they risk becoming unbalanced. And an orchard safety project is planned this season in California and southern Oregon."   continued ...   (Via

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