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Task 4: Tender Puller

Tender pullers use their fingers to pull tenders away from the breast bone after the main section of breast has been removed. This task may be performed while the carcass is on the cone line or from a cut full breast placed on a flat work surface.

Hazards of this task may include:

Hazardous Situation:
Employees repeatedly reach to conveyor or shelf to obtain breasts, reach to cones to pull tenders, or reach to place finished product in tubs or receptacles. Repetitive reaching stresses the shoulder and upper back.
Possible Solutions:
  • Use diverter bars to push product closer to the employee.
  • Reduce width of work surfaces so the product is presented closer to the employee.
  • Position cones and other work fixtures so all activities of the task can be performed with the elbows in close to the torso.
  • Provide height-adjustable stands, where appropriate, to place employee in proper orientation to the work surface.
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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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