Poor Equipment Maintenance
The two major maintenance problem areas that the author has observed
- Slick Floors
- Poor Captive Bolt Stunner Maintenance
- The majority of slippery floor problems were due to either the rough
finish wearing off a concrete floor or a slick floor in a cattle stunning
A good example of a non-slip floor
- The author has conducted welfare surveys in plants in both the U.S.
and Canada. Slick floors which caused animals to fall down were the number
one equipment problem. Cockram Corley (1991) found that slipping increased
stress and also noted that it is a problem area.
- A survey of slaughter plants indicated that 21% had slick floors.
Condition of Floors in Slaughter Plants
|Number of slaughter systems
||Excellent, non-slip floor
||Slick floor, not acceptable
- The author has observed that the second most common equipment
maintenance problem in U.S. plants is poor maintenance of pneumatic
captive bolt stunner. Stunners require careful maintenance to maintain
maximum hitting power.