Backaches and pain in the shoulders, arms, and hands are the most common symptoms that farm workers report. These injuries can be disabling, which can affect worker’s earnings and the grower’s profits. There are cost-effective ways to prevent or reduce these symptoms. The “tip sheets” in this 46-page booklet show how to make or order inexpensive new tools or to modify existing ones to reduce the risk of pain. Solutions discovered for one type of crop can be modified for use with other kinds of crops. Worker-management ergonomics teams can be formed to discover your own simple solutions.
Sources: US Department of Health and Human Services | Centres for Disease Control and Prevention | NIOSH