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Support Task: Ice Attendant



Ice AttendantThe ice attendant manually brings ice from the ice house to the packing line, paw room, and other areas as needed. Usually, the ice is transported in tubs. Hazards of this task may include:

Slips, trips, and falls
Hazardous Situation:
Workers are standing on wet floors that may have bird skin, bird parts, and ice on them, creating a slipping hazard. Metal drain covers on the floor are also very slippery and pose a hazard. A falling worker may contact dangerous equipment.
Possible Solutions:
  • Cover drains with non-slip grating.
  • Provide workers with non-slip footwear and require its use.
  • Paint floors with slip-resistant paint or install non-slip floor tile.
  • Provide guardrails at workstations adjacent to dangerous equipment to prevent injury.
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Moving heavy tubs of ice
Hazardous Situation:
Employees manually push tubs of ice. Pushing tubs, especially when on slick or icy floors, stresses the back, shoulder, ankle, and knee.
Possible Solutions:
  • Provide tugs or mechanical assists where heavy loads must be moved using tubs.
  • Maintain tubs in proper working condition to minimize the amount of pushing force that must be exerted.
  • Use conveyors or augers to mechanically move ice.
  • Keep floors clean and free of obstructions.
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Shoveling loads of ice
Hazardous Situation:
Employees support a load that can easily weigh 15 pounds from the end of a shovel handle. In a manner similar to that encountered on a child's teeter totter, leverage can increase the effect of this load by 2 to 4 times depending on the length of the shovel handle. Additionally employees may need to repeatedly bend at the waist to scoop from the bottom of the tubs and may need to lift ice above head height. The back and shoulders can be negatively affected by these motions.
Possible Solutions:
  • Develop a mechanical means, such as conveyors or augers, to move ice around the plant.
  • Provide tub dumpers to mechanically unload tubs of ice.
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