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The crop cultivation bicycle

Type
Case study
Country
Netherlands
Languages
English
Provider
EU OSHA

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Description

Description: 

In greenhouse horticulture, cultivation of strawberries is done on high racks, so-called gullies. The strawberry plants are at a height of 150-160 cm. To pull the blossoms through and clear out the plants, the workers usually walk on 30 cm high stilts. Because of the height and resulting insecurity, the workers walk with undue tension in leg and back muscles. This may lead to fatigue and discomfort.

The crop cultivation bicycle

Detailed Information

Sector / Industry covered: 
AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHING
Hazards: 
Awkward postures
Forceful movements
Repetitive movements/work
Static postures - standing
Health effects: 
Back pain or injury
Upper limb disorders
Lower limb disorders
Neck and shoulder disorders
Prevention measures: 
Elimination of hazards
Improving individual working techniques (e.g manual handling postures)
Technical measures e.g. ergonomic equipment
Worker groups covered (vulnerable groups etc.): 
All (no specific group)
Purpose of the material: 
General information
Awareness raising
Risk assessment
Target audience: 
Managers
Worker representatives
Workers
Priority area: 
Prevention
Date of Publication / Year : 
2010