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Farmers and their families work both on the farm and in their houses. They have to sort and pack agricultural products, and also do cooking and other family jobs at home. Farmers need appropriate workstations and tools for these jobs. Well-designed workstations prevent pain in the back, neck, arms and legs, resulting in increased work efficiency. This chapter provides practical measures to help you design the best workstations and work tools for you. The ideas include appropriate working height, stable chairs and working tables, measures to avoid strenuous work postures, and tools helpful for reducing the force you need to apply. These improvements are all possible at low cost.

Put frequently used tools, switches and materials within easy reach.

Putting frequently used tools and materials within easy reach minimizes unnecessary movements. This also avoids strenuous work postures, such as stretching or

bending forward, and saves time and energy. The “easy reach principle” can be applied to all sorts of tools and materials. Agricultural tools such as knives, hoes and sickles should be placed within easy reach. At home, the same principle is useful for things such as utensils, spice jars and bottles used for cooking. Power switches and controls, too, should be placed in a convenient place. All these arrangements will help you complete your work with minimum effort.
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Keywords: Agriculture; ergonomic checkpoints; ergonomic practitioners; health and safety; training; working conditions; workplace improvements

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 January 2014

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