Cannabis Ergonomics & Facility Workflow with Rob McEvoy


During the initial phase of cannabis cultivation facility design and buildout, ergonomics doesn’t usually take a front seat in the decision-making process. Many stakeholders don’t appreciate how much the function and productivity of any commercial cultivation operation is intimately connected to facility workflow and the impact on each employee. 

We sat down with Rob McEvoy, Vice President of Customer Success at Agrify, to investigate the most common issues in cannabis cultivation regarding ergonomics and workflow. Most critical, McEnvoy highlights adjustments producers can make to ensure the facility workflow is easier on their employees. At the end of the day, happier workers improve output and build a more durable workforce. 


How does poor ergonomic design impact performance and output in cannabis cultivation?

Poor ergonomic design has an impact on worker durability and overall comfort level throughout their day. Employees needing to crouch and put stress on their knees, bent over straining their back will become, over time, less durable and have the potential for injury, which intimately impacts a facility’s overall operational expediency, as well as the results they produce.


What are a few of the most common design issues in a conventional facility that directly impacts workers’ performance and workflow?

A few common design flaws in cannabis cultivation facilities that negatively impact the workflow and product movement are having storage and supply spaces a far travel distance from where those items are being utilized. Second, we see overcrowding of small cramped spaces with equipment, infrastructure for cultivation as well as the amount of people required to conduct the operations. And lastly, the product flow from seed to sale within the facility, starting with propagation, following through post-harvest, packaging, and outbound delivery.


What adjustments can a cannabis cultivation facility make to improve the ergonomic design?

Adjustments cannabis cultivation facilities can make to their ergonomic design would be to take plants from the floor and put them up on the horticultural benches. From there, raising those horticultural benches if necessary so the worker is not needing to crouch at the knees or bend at

the back, often in order to manipulate that plant and scout for nutritional deficiencies or pests and pathogens.


How do improved worker ergonomics and facility workflow feed into greater production and a higher quality product?

Proper employee ergonomics and efficient facility workflow highly impact, in a positive way, the overall production and output of a facility. By eliminating aches and pains through crouching at the knees and bending at the back, we are creating a more durable workforce that is less prone to injury and is more apt to high performance throughout the entire day and week as opposed to succumbing to fatigue and perhaps missing something in the garden or in the operational landscape.


Agrify, Taking Worker Ergonomics Seriously

Agrify’s turnkey vertical farming solution is the only vertical technology to truly consider the impact on the workers. 

As only a small illustration of what this means, Agrify’s Vertical Farming Units (VFUs) are accessible via secure walkways and ensure the entire canopy sits well within arm’s reach. That means no dangerous ladders, no back-breaking canopy management, and no burnt-out workforce. 

By lowering the physical impact on workers, we help you build a more durable employee who will ultimately produce a higher quality final product. 


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