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Task 1: Fork Lift/Pallet Jack Operators



A picking room operator ensures that equipment (e.g., stunner, scalders, pickers, and conveyors) functions properly. Most of the time on the job is spent walking around the equipment, performing a quality assessment of its operation.

Hazards of this task may include:

Electrical shock
Hazardous Situation:
Workers in wet areas may contact electrical wires causing electrical shock.
Possible Solutions:
  • Train workers how to recognize electrical hazards.
  • Report and correct electrical hazards as soon as they are discovered.
  • Schedule preventative maintenance to inspect for frayed or damaged equipment.
  • Use appropriate equipment for wet locations.
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Strangulation or amputation
Hazardous Situation:
Employees may need to work around moving and unguarded equipment where an accident may result in possible amputations or strangulation.
Possible Solutions:
  • Properly guard and regularly maintain machines and equipment.
  • Use Lockout/Tagout program.
  • Use appropriate equipment for wet locations.
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Noise
Hazardous Situation:
Workers in this area are exposed to high noise levels from the surrounding machinery and processing equipment, which can result in hearing loss.
Possible Solutions:
  • Provide workers with hearing protection devices and require their use.
  • Use belt-driven plucking machines rather than chain-driven machines.
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