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Task 6: Paw Room Grader


Paw Room Grader
The paw room grader inspects and sorts product (feet) on conveyor. This is sometimes used as a light duty position.

Hazards of this task may include:


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 period of time and increases the 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 position.
  • Rotate 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 bending of neck
Hazardous Situation:
Employees spend a long time looking down at a conveyor belt, which moves product past them. This can cause neck and shoulder pain and potentially carpal tunnel-like symptoms.
Possible Solutions:
  • Conveyor should be at about elbow height of employee. Provide height-adjustable stands to properly position employees.
  • Tilt conveyor toward employee.
  • Rotate to other jobs that provide more movement.
  • Provide time and training about stretching to relieve neck fatigue.
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