Working in a sewage treatment plant means that you see a lot of strange things float into the plant every day. A Muffin Monster grinder, a grinder which is commonly installed in sewage treatment facilities, eliminates just about everything that would otherwise block up the system. However, there are some alarming and disconcerting things that you may see enter the grinder or escape the grinder. When there is cause for alarm, you need to alert the police right away. There are three things that should make you run for the phone and shut down your grinder at the same time.
If you witness any small bones like the ones in the hands, wrists, ankles, feet or toes come through the grinder or head towards the grinder, this entire section of the plant needs to be shut down right away. Soft tissues, organs and muscles are turned into pulp by the grinder, but bones, especially small ones, are a little more resilient. They are able to sneak past the rotating vertical screw heads of the grinder.
Suspicious, but Not Murderous, Items
Clothes, such as shirts or ties, sometimes end up in a sewer or the water supply from which water is taken to help purify sewage. A Muffin Monster grinder can grind these to shreds, but from time to time, such items may also wind their way up the grinding components and get stuck. You or another sewage treatment technician will have to stop the grinder and pull these things loose. If there is something suspicious about them, e.g., dark stains or splatters, you may want to have the police check it out just to be on the safe side.
Other odd items include:
- Wigs or large sections of hair that did not come undone
- Broken jewelry
- Gold teeth
- Cell phones
Metal Objects That May Be of Interest to the Police
Should guns, knives or other potential weapons of unknown origin slip into the grinder, you will not know it until the pieces have passed through. When you see something that looks metallic or looks as though it might have been part of a gun once, sift it out of the tank and hold onto it until an officer can swing by to collect it. If it is indeed something the police are interested in, they may have you and your fellow employees watch for other bits and pieces. If it is not worth their time, they will notify you and work can return to normal.