Ladder Rungs

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Effects of Orchard Ladder Rung Spacing on Agricultural Workers

The main goal of the proposed research is to reduce the number of falls from ladders in orchards, through an alternative ladder or set of ladders designed to better suit the anthropometry of specific worker populations. With a research design focused on optimum rung spacing, the improved orchard ladder is expected to reduce worker force exertions, fatigue, and self-reported pain, as well as a potential increase in worker stability during climbing activities or unexpected ladder movement or foot slippage.

Links of interest:

Safety Use of Tripod Orchard Ladders (OSHA Fact Sheet)

Protecting Workers from Tripod Orchard Ladder Injuries (OSHA Quick Card)

Small Changes Can Make Big Impact with Ladders (WCAHS Blog)

Ladderless peach and nectarine orchards explored (UC Davis web site)

Shorter fruit trees bred to cut farm labor costs (LA Times)

Fall Injuries Prevention in the Workplace (NIOSH App for iOS/Android)

Orchard Ladder Safety (UC ANR)

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