Following Parliamentary debates in 1980 on the quality of fresh market
produce, in particular apples, a grant was awarded for research into
the ergonomics of harvesting and marketing apples. The objectives
were to study ways to improve the quality of English apples in the market
place by examining the ergonomics and the cost effectiveness of
methods of hand-picking apples. This involved: participation observation
studies, observation of professional pickers, surveys and questionnaires,
in an effort to define problem areas and to prepare a
criticism of present methods. Additional studies of potential fatigue
and stress both in fieldwork and in simulation were intended as a preliminary
investigation to devise a preferred picking method and to
redesign picking and handling aids where appropriate. [Continues.]
A Master's Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Philosophy at Loughborough University.
Great Britain, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (research grant and studentship).