Citrus harvest labour – Picking bins

Citrus harvest labour – Picking bins


Damaged fruit can be on the tree. Pick this
fruit but do not put it in the bag. Throw this fruit away. Throw away all fruit that
a split or diseased. Do not pick in the rain or if fruit are wet from the rain or morning
dew. Only pick the trees once fruit and leaves are dry. If you see a fruit with a stem, break
off the stem before putting it in the bag. Do not throw the fruit into the bag, bring
your hand down to the bag and place it into the bag. Do not pick up any fruit that have
fallen onto the ground. Do not pick fruit into buckets. The harvest supervisor will
not let you start picking in the morning until the air temperature is about 12�C, you will
also not be able to pick in summer if it gets too hot. Do not overfill picking bags, filled
with fruit level to the top of the bag. Do not place a ladder on trees with fruit remaining
on the lower parts of the canopy, first pick the lower parts of the canopy and then use
the ladder to pick the upper part of the canopy. At the end of the day shake out the bag to
remove any leaves and twigs or insects that may have fallen into the bag. To unload fruit,
hang the bag over the bin, hold the side of the bin as this will help to support your
back as you lower the bag, lower the bag using your arms to carry most of the weight, unhooked
the straps and slowly lift the bag to gently released a fruit into the bin. Do not drop
the fruit into the bin, always lower the bag into the bin before unloading. Do not put
the bag on the side of the bin, always hang the bag directly into the bin ready to be
lowered. After unloading the fruit check the fruit and remove stems from any fruit. Do
not use bins that have any dirt or debris, clean the bin out with a rag or brush until
clean. Do not under fill bins with fruit, you might be asked to fill the bin properly
wasting your valuable picking time, fill bins level to the top. You can move the bin by
rotating it on its side. To do this first lift the side of the bin by bending the knees
and keeping the back straight, lift it onto its side then twist the bin around and roll
it to its new position.

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