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Meat & Poultry: Equipment safety
Changing things out
Equipment is constantly improving but obviously, a retailer can't bring
in new things every year. Pantano recommends things be changed out
every 7-10 years, though it depends on the hours of usage and how well
things have been maintained.
For instance, Hollymatic has equipment that has been in the field
for more than 15 years. The company can help lower maintenance
costs, maximize production
output, increase the lifespan of
machines and prioritize equipment
maintenance tasks and performance.
Those working in meat
departments also must concern
themselves with knives. In the
United States, knife injuries averaged
more than 322,000 ER visits over
the last five years, but that's taking
into account all people and not just
workers.
Still, it's important for employees
Alexander Cozinni, president of CozinniPRIMedge, Elk Grove Village,
Ill., which offers grinder blades and sharpening systems for the retail
industry, is an expert at keeping things sharp and noted a properly
sharpened knife equals increased production, yields and safety.
Its Ergo Steel II product allows supermarkets to utilize an edge
It's always safer to use a
sharp knife. It's all about the
to understand the proper way to use
knives as a poor grip and improper
posture can increase the risk of an
injury. The main thing to keep in
mind is to always slice away from
the body and keep the blade away
from one's fingers.
Additionally, cutting should always be performed on a flat surface,
and knives should be stored in a safe place when not in use.
And if a knife slips, never try to catch it! Someone could grab the
sharp side and cut themselves badly.
pressure in cutting, which
is an ergonomic issue and
a safety issue. When you
press too much because a
knife is dull, that's when
maintenance tool used on the production floor and throughout the
day, as a knife edge dulls, the operator can slide the blade through the
unique spring-tensioned rods and
straighten the edge in a matter of
seconds.
This is being used in more
than 2,500 stores in Spain in the
meat and fish departments, and
the company is looking to garner
interest in the products in the
United States.
The company also has a division
called Superior Knife, which offers
supermarkets sharpening services
in the Chicagoland area.
Ivo Cozinni, CEO of
you slip and cut yourself. "
Ivo Cozinni, CozinniPRIMedge
the company, added that
CozinniPRIMedge's knife edging
tools take the place of the
conventional steel knives, which
most people don't know how to
use properly.
" It's always safer to use a sharp knife, " he said. " It's all about the
pressure in cutting, which is an ergonomic issue and a safety issue.
When you press too much because a knife is dull, that's when you slip
and cut yourself. "
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Knives properly
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