Citrus Workers Resist Ergonomic Modifications to Picking Ladder

Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
  • Miles, John A.;
  • Steinke, William E.


Several ladder modifications were made to increase the safety and comfort of orchard workers. A sequence of these modifications were presented to crews picking citrus. Human factors related to worker objectives, motivation, and culture, as well as the existing piece rate compensation system, proved to be significant barriers to the acceptance of alternative ladders. An understanding of these issues is essential to engineers attempting to design alternative tools and systems to improve worker health and safety.

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