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 slaughtered
stun animals using an electrical device or cartridge gun
bleed animals while they are unconscious
remove hides/pelts and internal organs
use saws to split the carcasses
move carcasses to chillers and freezers
break carcasses by boning and slicing meat cuts for sale and further processing
pack the boned and sliced meat into cartons
process hides and pelts
load 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.