Repetitive Movements in Melon Cultivation Workers under Greenhouses
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AutorGómez Galán, Marta; Callejón Ferre, Ángel Jesús; Pérez Alonso, José; Díaz Pérez, Manuel; Golasi, Iacopo
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.