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Forced Postures in Courgette Greenhouse Workers

Department of Engineering, University of Almería, Research Center CIMEDES (CeiA3), 04120 Almería, Spain
Laboratory-Observatory Andalusian Working Conditions in the Agricultural Sector (LASA), 41092 Seville, Spain
DIAEE- Area Fisica Tecnica, Università degli Studi di Roma “Sapienza”, 00184 Rome, Italy
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Agronomy 2019, 9(5), 253;
Received: 13 April 2019 / Revised: 14 May 2019 / Accepted: 17 May 2019 / Published: 21 May 2019
Occupational health and safety allows the prevention of occupational diseases and accidents. Agriculture is one of the sectors in which it is important to prevent the musculoskeletal disorders that workers usually develop. The objective of this study is the evaluation of postures adopted by courgette farmers in greenhouses of the Almeria-type. OWAS (Ovako Working Posture Assessment System), an ergonomic evaluation method, is used and applied after making observations to the postures adopted by the workers who were previously video recorded. The results concluded that the four risk levels established by OWAS appeared, with 37.14% being the highest rate and belonging to risk level 2, 33.33% to risk level 1, 28.57% to risk level 3, and 0.95% to risk level 4. Therefore, depending on the severity of the postures adopted in each task, the need for changes in a short, medium, or long period of time was concluded. View Full-Text
Keywords: musculoskeletal disorders; OWAS; agriculture; biomechanics musculoskeletal disorders; OWAS; agriculture; biomechanics
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Gómez-Galán, M.; González-Parra, J.-M.; Pérez-Alonso, J.; Golasi, I.; Callejón-Ferre, Á.-J. Forced Postures in Courgette Greenhouse Workers. Agronomy 2019, 9, 253.

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