Ergonomic aspects of harvesting apples by hand
thesisposted on 25.10.2018, 16:24 by Astrid G. Davis
Following Parliamentary debates in 1980 on the quality of fresh market produce, in particular apples, a grant was awarded for research into the ergonomics of harvesting and marketing apples. The objectives were to study ways to improve the quality of English apples in the market place by examining the ergonomics and the cost effectiveness of methods of hand-picking apples. This involved: participation observation studies, observation of professional pickers, surveys and questionnaires, in an effort to define problem areas and to prepare a criticism of present methods. Additional studies of potential fatigue and stress both in fieldwork and in simulation were intended as a preliminary investigation to devise a preferred picking method and to redesign picking and handling aids where appropriate. [Continues.]
Great Britain, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (research grant and studentship).