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Repetitive Movements in Melon Cultivation Workers under Greenhouses

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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Agriculture 2019, 9(11), 236;
Received: 20 September 2019 / Revised: 21 October 2019 / Accepted: 30 October 2019 / Published: 1 November 2019
Musculoskeletal disorders cause serious problems that affect workers in many sectors. The objective of this study is the ergonomic analysis of melon cultivation farmers in Almeria-type greenhouses. For this, the rapid upper limb assessment (RULA) method has been applied after carrying out a detailed process of observing the farmers’ tasks. The study shows that 65% of the postures have a very-high-risk level, 26% high, 9% average, and no posture is found with a low risk. They also show that in 69.57% of the postures, the upper limbs are less affected than the others such as the neck, trunk, and lower limbs. Measures are proposed to improve the working conditions for workers. View Full-Text
Keywords: musculoskeletal disorders; greenhouse; RULA; biomechanics; ergonomics musculoskeletal disorders; greenhouse; RULA; biomechanics; ergonomics
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Gómez-Galán, M.; Callejón-Ferre, Á.-J.; Pérez-Alonso, J.; Díaz-Pérez, M.; Golasi, I. Repetitive Movements in Melon Cultivation Workers under Greenhouses. Agriculture 2019, 9, 236.

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