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Evisceration

Task 5: Arranger



The arranger, also called the presenter, removes the viscera from the body cavity and arranges them for USDA inspection. The initial removal is often accomplished by the automatic vent opening machine.

Hazards of this task may include:


Pulling and turning viscera
Hazardous Situation:
Worker repeatedly pulls the viscera from the body cavity with fingers and twists the forearm to present them for inspection. This process causes potential injury to both the wrist and elbow. The more the wrist is bent during this process, the greater the risk of injury.
Possible Solutions:
  • Install height-adjustable stands so employees can adjust their work height to keep wrist as straight as possible.
  • Rotate employees to tasks that require motions using different body parts or that work at a different pace.
  • Tilt bird to minimize wrist deviation.
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Reaching to the shackles
Hazardous Situation:
Workers perform various arranger tasks reaching repeatedly to the shackles. Reaching creates  stress on the arms, shoulders, neck, and back.
Possible Solutions:
  • Lower shackles and/or move them closer to employees so they can perform task with elbows in close to body.
  • Install height-adjustable stands so employees can properly position themselves.
  • Install automatic machines and make sure they are working properly.
  • Rotate workers to tasks that use different parts of the body or that work at a slower pace.
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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 workers 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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