The meat and food packing industry has many potential dangers for their employees. The work is fast-paced, and any lapse of alertness can lead to a catastrophic accident. Even day-to-day work can involve repeated motions or movement in awkward positions, which are key triggers for repetitive stress injuries. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has said that “agriculture ranks among the most hazardous industries. Farmers are at very high risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries.”
The hazards facing slaughterhouse, food packaging, and meat-processing workers are largely attributable to the pace of the work. Because profit margins are slim in the food industry, businesses demand high volume. Line speeds are set to the highest allowed by federal sanitation laws, rather than the speeds that would be best for worker safety.
When most people think of “food safety,” they think of the risk of food borne illness instead of the larger problem of accident risks in packing plants. In reality, the employees in this industry can potentially suffer from a wide assortment of workplace injuries. The list below represents some of the complaints these workers most often report.
- Amputations from machinery used in the workplace
- Fatal Accident from day-to-day functions, such as clearing jams from conveyer belts
- Back & Neck Injuries
- Leg & Knee Injuries
- Moving Machinery Accidents from power tools or industrial equipment
- Crushing Injuries
- Occupational Disease from exposure to chemicals or bacteria in the environment, such as E. coli
- Repetitive Trauma from performing similar tasks repeatedly, by working in awkward postures, or by often performing heavy physical exertion
- Scars & Burns
- Slip & Falls from spills in the facility
If you have been injured while working in the meat or food packing industry in Georgia, contact Kaufman Law with questions about your potential workers’ compensation case.