Injuries and Illness

Report Finds Injuries Down in the Meat/Poultry Industry

Injury rates in the meat and poultry industry are down, but hazardous conditions persist. Get the latest findings from a new government report here.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that, like other manufacturing businesses, meat and poultry processing saw a drop in injuries in recent years. The rates declined from an estimated 9.8 per 100 full-time workers in 2004 to 5.7 in 2013. However, GAO says the rates continued to be higher than those for manufacturing overall. Meat workers had a higher rate of injury than poultry personnel.

The report also found that both groups of workers continue to experience the hazardous conditions GAO cited in 2005. Among these are musculoskeletal disorders, exposure to chemicals and pathogens, and traumatic injuries from machines and tools.

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