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Document ID (ISN)104980
CIS number 06-466
ISSN - Serial title 0003-6870 - Applied Ergonomics
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Earle-Richardson G., Jenkins P., Fulmer S., Mason C., Burdick P., May J.
Title An ergonomic intervention to reduce back strain among apple harvest workers in New York State
Bibliographic information May 2005, Vol.36, No.3, p.327-334. Illus. 18 ref.
Abstract The impact of modifications to the apple picking bucket on common picking postures, self-reported comfort, ease of use and speed of harvest was examined for 14 apple pickers. The modification consisted of attaching the bucket to a hip belt in addition to the shoulder strap, ensuring a better load distribution. Subjects wore the modified system and their postures were recorded during their work. The modification did not significantly alter time spent in the various postures. 78.6% of interviewed workers preferred the modified bucket, 71.4% noted a difference in the back, neck, or shoulder, while 64.3% said regular use of the modified bucket would slow their work. The modified bucket seems to be generally acceptable to workers, but needs further development to overcome unintended effects.
Descriptors (primary) New York; physical workload; orchards; ergonomic evaluation; fruit picking
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; USA; job study; posture recording; comfort assessment; work efficiency
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Agriculture