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Receiving and Killing
Cutting and Deboning

Task 4: Rehang

poultry workersRehang is generally not necessary since most cutting is performed on a cone line. If the cutting is to be performed from a shackle conveyor, the bird must be rehung. Some automated cutters, such as a "Multi Cut" machine, must be loaded, and thus is technically a rehang type of activity.

The bird must be lifted from the table or conveyor and the legs placed into a shackle or other device moving in front of the employee. This is a highly repetitive reaching task.

Hazards of this task may include:

Reaching up, forward or to the side to access the shackle
Hazardous Situation:
Employees may bend to lift chickens from the supply conveyor and then reach out and away, sometimes above shoulder height, to place them on multi-cut machines or shackle conveyors. Injuries to the shoulder, back, and neck are common due to awkward postures and high repetition. Employees at the beginning of the line often work faster than those near the end of the line because there is always a full supply of birds and all positions are open.
Possible Solutions:
  • Minimize forward reaches by moving the shackle conveyor towards employee.
  • Minimize vertical distance between the shackles and the belt conveyor to minimize bending and elevated reaches.
  • Rotate employees up and down hanging line.
  • Install height-adjustable stands so employees can properly position themselves.
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Standing for a long time
Hazardous Situation:
Standing for a long time reduces blood flow to the legs, forces isolated muscles to work for an extended time, and increases risk of fatigue and varicose veins.
Possible Solutions:
  • Install sit/stand stools, which allow employees to lean and have their weight supported while still remaining in an upright posture.
  • Rotate employees to tasks that do not require prolonged standing.
  • Provide shoe insoles that cushion the feet and spread foot pressure over a larger surface.
  • Provide a foot rest in front of employees so they can shift their posture.
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