Comparison of farmers workload by manual and mechanical tasks on family farms

Anna Groborz , Tadeusz Juliszewski


The aim of this study was to compare the workload between tasks undertaken manually and those with the assistance of mechanical devices. The results indicate that the workload during the tasks assisted by mechanisation was usually very low or relatively low. Statistical analysis showed the impact of the way of the work performance on the workload. However, the results also indicate that the workload is not evenly distributed: the effort relating to the working tasks is larger in relation to the work of women than men. The need for mechanisation of the tasks performed by women is higher than that for the mechanisation of tasks performed by men. The type of work performance (manual, or technically assisted) did not clearly show significant differences in the workload. This surprising result indicates that the technical devices used on many farms are still far from perfect. It is concluded that assisting work with mechanical devices reduces the workload of farmers, but the way of work performance (manual or mechanical) was not statistically significant.
Author Anna Groborz
Anna Groborz,,
, Tadeusz Juliszewski (UAK)
Tadeusz Juliszewski,,
- University of Agriculture in Krakow
Journal seriesAnnals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine, ISSN 1232-1966, (A 30 pkt)
Issue year2013
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishworkload, mechanisation of work, farmers, heart rate reserve index, family farms
ASJC Classification2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health; 2311 Waste Management and Disposal; 1105 Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Internal identifierWIPiE/2013/16
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)30
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 2; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2013 = 0.863; WoS Impact Factor: 2014 = 1.126 (2) - 2014=1.232 (5)
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FinansowanieThe scientific work is partly financed from the budget for science in the years 2005–2006 as research project No 2P06R 03728, and also developed on the basis of the results of the second stage of the multiannual program entitled “Safety and working conditions improvement” financed from the budget of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education\of the National Centre for Research and Development in the years 2011–2013 in the field of research and development work. The program coordinator: Central Institute for Labour Protection –National Research Institute.
OświadczenieT. Juliszewski
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