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Workers’ Safety in Milking Premises

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health. 11(3): 293-300. (doi: 10.13031/2013.18572) @2005
Authors:   M. Cecchini, D. Monarca, P. R. Porceddu
Keywords:   Noise, Microclimate, Posture, Repetitive motions

Dairy cattle rearing techniques have evolved, and milking has moved from stalls to specialized premises. A survey was carried out on a representative sample of dairy farms in central Italy to investigate workers safety in milking premises. Results indicated acceptable sound level and microclimatic conditions, whereas repetitive motion of the upper limbs should be carefully monitored for the possible effects it can induce on the milkers, who were devoid of adequate personal protective equipment (PPE). Floor antislipping characteristics represented a major deficiency in the building material, in spite of its strength and durability.

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