As the end of winter approaches in Yakima, Wash., Dave Gleason, chief horticulturist at Domex Superfresh Growers, discusses the company’s continued move to a more technologically savvy work environment.

The company has increased its use of technology to protect workers. In the past, ladders have been a safety hazard and workers have fallen.

In order to make jobs safer, the company has increased its use of mechanically operated platforms. The platform can be adjusted by the workers to two different levels and it steers itself. The platform serves as a replacement to the ladder which can be difficult to handle, set up, move and balance.

In some orchards, Superfresh Growers has completely eliminated the use of ladders.