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March 25, 2013

USPOULTRY and NCC refute recent claims on poultry worker safety

 

In a white paper released today, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and the National Chicken Council refute claims made in a recent report released by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice and provide facts about the poultry industry and its approach to worker safety. The report, Unsafe At These Speeds, begins by stating that injuries in the poultry industry are much more
frequent than for the private workforce as a whole, citing 2010 OSHA data. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the injury and illness rate for poultry processing workers is 5.9% compared to 3.5% for all workers in the private sector. Recently released 2011 numbers place poultry processing workers at 5.8% compared to 3.5% for all workers in the private sector. The white paper provides more accurate approaches that should be taken to put the OSHA data in proper perspective. Read More  

 

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