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crops including, but not limited to, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, squash, green beans, beets and apples.
Workers will be engaged in harvesting soil grown crop by the use of a harvest aid. Harvesting will be taking place in a half field every other day depending on weather. There will be a tractor driver that can be rotated around as needed from person to person. The size of zucchini will be determined by grower at time of harvest. The zucchini will be picked into 18 or 20 bushel boxes or (cardboard container at growers choice) by breaking the stem off or by using a knife at growers discretion. The boxes must be full and have a net weight of 825 lbs. When the harvest aid is full the tractor driver will drive tractor to the loading pad where there will be a forklift. There they must unload harvest aid using forklift and stack boxes off to the side 2 high. At no time will there be any one but the tractor driver riding on the harvest aid or forklift. Workers may also be required to harvest parsnips, carrots, korobi, green zucchini, yellow zucchini, buckskin squash, kabota squash, green beans, beets and test plot. Workers will also be required to cut, sort, wash and clean vegetables. Workers may be required to harvest Zucchini without a harvest aid.
Quality is essential. Different varieties of apples will be picked according to established company procedures based on the end use (spot picking for fresh; small percentage of culls for processing.) Workers must be able to differentiate between colors accurately in order to perform color-specific picking. Care must be taken when picking so as not to damage or bruise fruit. Workers must be able to pick and dump fruit without stem pulls, punctures, bruising or other damage which diminishes quality. Observation of bruised, damaged or cull fruit by the supervisor, or as indicated on the pick quality report will result in a verbal disciplinary warning. A written disciplinary warning may occur when a bin is inspected and a significant number of culls, bruised or damaged fruit are found by the supervisor. Upon the third notice a worker's employment may be terminated. Company supervisors will explain and demonstrate if necessary picking requirements to all workers at the start of the season and as needed thereafter to ensure quality standards. Workers will be expected to pick apples in a timely manner, free of bruises and defects. For food and general safety purposes, all workers will be required to follow common sanitary practices, as specified by the employer, at all times. Work area must be kept clean and safe by keeping dropped fruit away from the bin in order to prevent missteps when emptying the picking bucket.
Harvesting apples may require the use of ladders. The harvesting begins at the bottom of the tree, then the worker moves to the middle of the tree utilizing an aluminum ladder, then completes the harvest of the tree at the top, utilizing a wooden ladder, at the direction of the supervisor. Workers must be able to carry an 18- foot ladder and must be able to harvest at a height of up to 16 feet.
Workers will be assigned to a row of apple trees or share a row of apples trees to harvest. Harvested fruit is placed gently into a picking container until full. This container may weigh up to 60 pounds. The picking bag must be worn around the shoulder, to the side, and not around the waist. There shall be no modification of picking bags (i.e. no lengthening of picking strings, etc.) unless approved by supervisor. Fill the bin completely with crown to meet specifications of supervisor/ quality control. Do not let fruit roll in the bin. The full picking container is gently emptied into a field bin, either plastic or wood, taking care not to bruise the fruit. Workers will stay on the assigned row, unless instructed to do otherwise by the supervisor.
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- 45-2092.02 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop