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October 6th, 2009

Kebab Ergonomics (in Istanbul)

Submitted by Kevin Perdeaux, Humantech Consultant

I was recently traveling through Turkey, and was amazed at the number of kebab shops.  This staple snack includes shredded chicken,
beef or lamb from a vertical rotating spit, packed into bread with onions,
tomatoes, lettuce and topped off with lemon juice and salt.

With such high demand, kebab shopkeepers spend hours with
their arms at shoulder level shaving meat with large knifes and cutting
utensils; a definite ergonomic risk! This shop decided to replace the manual
tools with an electric planar to ease meat shaving and improve task efficiency.

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