Are health and comfort the price to pay for increased container traffic in France?s main port?


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Over the last three years, the port of Le Havre has undergone the biggest increase of all the north European ports in container traffic handling. To face up to this growth and make it sustainable, it now wants to invest in high performance equipment adapted to the port operators' requirements. Inrets is participating in this project as advisor to the promoter via a multidisciplinary group, and is providing us know-how in assisting a design project for a container handling gantry crane cab. The use of ergonomic design in this project entails describing the variability in handling and operating conditions by identifying and detailing a certain number of decisive factors in the activity. An analysis is then made of the gantry crane operators' activities, with emphasis given to the notion of control strategies permitting attainment of the required level of performance. The object of this task is to write detailed specifications that integrate the best possible compromise between constraints directly connected to getting the job done and respect for the gantry operators' 'right to health'.

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