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Evisceration

Task 6: Giblet Harvester



The giblet harvester separates the heart, liver, and gizzard from the rest of the viscera and positions them to be cut by a saw. The heart, liver, and gizzard then fall to a wash table where an initial cleaning is performed and they are directed for further processing.

Hazards of this task may include:


Reaching to the shackles
Hazardous Situation:
Workers are required to repeatedly reach to the shackles to access the bird so various tasks can be performed. 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 the task with elbows in close to the 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 extended periods of 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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