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Task 9: Gizzard Table-Peeler Operator



Gizzard Table-Peeler OperatorEmployee presses the inside of gizzard against a rotating drum with a raspy surface that peels the inner lining from the gizzard. Employee feeds peeled gizzards to bagging area.

Hazards of this task may include:


Hands/fingers getting caught by rollers
Hazardous Situation:
As workers move gizzards over peeler, fingers may get caught in rollers.
Possible Solutions:
  • Prohibit employees from wearing long sleeves, gloves, or jewelry.
  • Provide cutoff switch in immediate vicinity of operator.
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Reaching across high and/or wide work surface
Hazardous Situation:
Employees repeatedly reach to pull product to the peeler. Repetitive reaching stresses the shoulder and upper back.
Possible Solutions:
  • Use diverter bars to push product closer to employee.
  • Reduce width of table so product is presented closer to employee.
  • Position work fixtures so all activities of the task can be performed with the elbows in close to the torso.
  • Tilt work surface so product slides to employee.
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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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Prolonged and forceful finger exertion
Hazardous Situation:
Employees use finger force to press gizzards against rotating drums for the majority of the task. Significant finger force must be exerted since the product is small and slippery. The wrist is usually bent during this process to place gizzards in the proper alignment. Exerting finger force for a prolonged time can stretch and fray tendons. Bending the wrist while exerting finger force can create further damage to tendons and their sheath, which can lead to injuries of the hand, wrist, and elbow.
Possible Solutions:
  • Rotate employees to tasks that use different body parts or motions.
  • Align peeler to reposition employee to minimize wrist bending.
  • Maintain machine so it works at maximum efficiency.
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