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Task 6: Quality Control Inspector

Employee pulls selected processed parts from conveyor line and visually inspects for compliance with quality standards.

Hazards of the task may include:

Hazardous Situation:
Employees repeatedly reach to a conveyor or shelf to obtain parts for inspection. Reaches are also necessary to place inspected parts in tubs or back on the line. Repetitive reaching stresses the shoulder and upper back.
Possible Solutions:
  • Use diverter bars to push the product closer to the employee.
  • Reduce width of conveyors so the product is presented closer to the employee.
  • Position employee so all activities of the task can be performed with the elbows in close to the torso.
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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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