Application of Ergonomics in the Design of Agricultural Prime Movers 740646
This study was undertaken to determine the nature and extent of the formal and informal programs in ergonomics currently utilized in the industry. From these findings a theoretical schema is proposed to better apply the techniques of ergonomics in a systematic way. A more systematic approach to attention to the human factors in equipment design may provide, among other benefits, reduction in equipment-related accidents, product liability claims, and improvement in operator safety and efficiency. The schema may also suggest to the academic community areas where curricula might be modified to meet the changing educational needs of the agricultural industry.