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Task 13: Backup Eviscerator/Inspector



Back-up Eviscerator/Inspector The backup eviscerator is a final product inspector who feels inside the carcass and looks for any remaining pieces of viscera before removing of the carcass from the shackle.

Hazards of this task may include:


Reaching to the shackles
Hazardous Situation:
Workers access birds by reaching to the shackles 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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Wrist deflection
Hazardous Situation:
When employees are too low in relation to the bird, they must reach up to access the body cavity resulting in wrist bending. This can result in tendon and nerve damage, leading to pain and numbness in the hand, wrist, or elbow.
Possible Solutions:
  • Install height-adjustable stands so employees can be raised up to minimize wrist bending.
  • Tilt birds for better access.
  • Install automatic machines.
  • 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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