In the last decade, hop cultivation has seen greater interest in small and medium-sized farms due to the rising importance of craft beer microbreweries requiring local raw materials. However, high investments are needed for mechanized harvesters. Small-scale farms cannot face these costs; thus, manual harvesting of hop cones is frequently adopted. The study investigated the risks for the health and safety of operators during manual and mechanized harvesting, also examining musculoskeletal disorders the workers can incur. A literature review and secondary data analysis investigated risk factors associated with the manual and mechanized harvesting process. Furthermore, the operator’s workload related to the hop cones picking time was analyzed based on international standards. The results showed that operators face several critical issues during the different tasks of the manual harvesting of hops (e.g. cutting and removing the bines from the field and the manual cones picking). Some of the operations are carried out at height with the risk of falling and assuming bad postures that can pose risks to the operator’s health. Furthermore, the study points out major health concerns for the workers because of the repetitiveness of the operations they have to carry out. The mechanization of harvesting involves a significant increase in efficiency by reducing the number of operators involved. This results in an improvement in operators’ health conditions. However, the harvesting equipment can represent a safety risk for the operators because of their interaction with the moving parts of the machinery.

Matranga, G., Pampuro, N., Caffaro, F., Vigoroso, L., Cavallo, E. (2022). Health and Safety Risks in Hop-Picking Activities: An Analysis of the State of the Art. In E.C. Marcello Biocca (a cura di), Safety, Health and Welfare in Agriculture and Agro-food Systems Ragusa SHWA 2021 (pp. 29-37). London : Springer Nature [10.1007/978-3-030-98092-4_4].

Health and Safety Risks in Hop-Picking Activities: An Analysis of the State of the Art

Caffaro, Federica;Vigoroso, Lucia;
2022

Abstract

In the last decade, hop cultivation has seen greater interest in small and medium-sized farms due to the rising importance of craft beer microbreweries requiring local raw materials. However, high investments are needed for mechanized harvesters. Small-scale farms cannot face these costs; thus, manual harvesting of hop cones is frequently adopted. The study investigated the risks for the health and safety of operators during manual and mechanized harvesting, also examining musculoskeletal disorders the workers can incur. A literature review and secondary data analysis investigated risk factors associated with the manual and mechanized harvesting process. Furthermore, the operator’s workload related to the hop cones picking time was analyzed based on international standards. The results showed that operators face several critical issues during the different tasks of the manual harvesting of hops (e.g. cutting and removing the bines from the field and the manual cones picking). Some of the operations are carried out at height with the risk of falling and assuming bad postures that can pose risks to the operator’s health. Furthermore, the study points out major health concerns for the workers because of the repetitiveness of the operations they have to carry out. The mechanization of harvesting involves a significant increase in efficiency by reducing the number of operators involved. This results in an improvement in operators’ health conditions. However, the harvesting equipment can represent a safety risk for the operators because of their interaction with the moving parts of the machinery.
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Matranga, G., Pampuro, N., Caffaro, F., Vigoroso, L., Cavallo, E. (2022). Health and Safety Risks in Hop-Picking Activities: An Analysis of the State of the Art. In E.C. Marcello Biocca (a cura di), Safety, Health and Welfare in Agriculture and Agro-food Systems Ragusa SHWA 2021 (pp. 29-37). London : Springer Nature [10.1007/978-3-030-98092-4_4].
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