Meat processing workers perform a wide range of tasks, including handling, slaughtering and processing livestock; operating processing and rendering equipment; dispatching products; and keeping records.
Duties & Tasks
Meat processing workers may perform the following tasks:move and manage animals before they are slaughteredstun animals using an electrical device or cartridge gunbleed animals while they are unconsciousremove hides/pelts and internal organsuse saws to split the carcassestrim carcassesmove carcasses to chillers and freezersbreak carcasses by boning and slicing meat cuts for sale and further processingpack the boned and sliced meat into cartonsprocess hides and peltsprocess by-productsload meat products into trucks.
Meat processing workers stand for most of the day. Hands and clothes may become soiled with blood or fat, but health regulations ensure that meat processing workers work under hygienic conditions. The areas in which they work are usually large, well lit and ventilated, and kept very clean. Employers usually provide a laundry service for uniforms.
- enjoy practical and manual activities good hand-eye coordination able to cope with the physical demands of the job able to work safely.