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How the Poultry Industry is Grinding Up Workers’ Health and Rights [USA]

According to newly published research on Alabama poultry workers by the civil rights group Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the business model of the sector has sacrificed health and safety on the factory floor for the…efficiency demanded by American appetites…Nearly three-quarters of the poultry workers interviewed…described suffering some type of significant work-related injury or illness…the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported an injury rate of 5.9 percent for poultry processing workers in 2010, a rate that is more than 50 percent higher than the 3.8 percent injury rate for all U.S. workers. Alabama workers interviewed…reported being routinely subjected to unsafe working conditions that led to severe health threats, from repetitive stress injuries to respiratory issues to chemical burns…employers often ignored workers’ debilitating problems or punished them for asserting their rights.