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Task 12: Lung Vacuumer



Lung VacuumerA lung vacuumer uses a small suction device to remove the lungs and the kidneys from the body cavity.

Hazards of this task may include:


Awkward hand/arm postures
Hazardous Situation:
Worker must bend wrist and/or pull elbow away from the body to position vacuum into body cavity to remove the lungs and kidneys.
Possible Solutions:
  • Install automatic machines.
  • Install height-adjustable stands.
  • Bend vacuum nozzle to maintain straight wrist and elbow close to the body.
  • Redesign handle and actuator trigger so vacuuming can be performed with straight wrist and elbow close to the body.
  • Reposition bird.
  • Rotate workers to tasks that use different parts of the body.
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Reaching to the shackles
Hazardous Situation:
Workers are required to reach to the shackles to access the bird, thus causing ergonomic stress on the arms, shoulders, neck, and back.
Possible Solutions:
  • Lower shackles so employees can perform task with elbows in close to the body.
  • Install height-adjustable stands so employees can position themselves to minimize awkward postures.
  • Install automatic machines and insure they are working properly.
  • Rotate workers to tasks that use different parts of the body or use different motions.
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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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