Workers in the poultry processing industry face numerous health and safety hazards during their workday. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, some of these safety problems may include:
- Slippery floors
- High noise levels
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Dangerous equipment
- Hazardous chemicals.
Workers also tend to be exposed to toxic biological hazards due to breathing in poultry dust and fecal matter while handling live birds.
What are the consequences when these hazards are not resolved?
Recently, OSHA investigated a Mississippi-based poultry processing plant following reports of two injured workers from earlier this year. According to the press release, a 42-year-old man suffered a laceration on his right finger, while later, a 23-year-old operator broke two fingers on her right hand while attempting to unjam a rotating shaft. In addition to the initial reports, OSHA officials are also conducting inspections as part of the Regional Emphasis Program for Poultry Processing Facilities.
"OSHA issued nine serious safety violations."
OSHA issued nine serious safety violations to the facility, amounting to $88,632 in proposed penalties. Some of these violations include failing to provide machine guarding on equipment or to protect workers from falls in areas over 18 feet.
"[The company] must review its safety procedures to ensure workers are protected from all safety and health hazards to include machinery unexpectedly starting up, falls and electric shock," Eugene Stewart, OSHA's area director in the Jackson Office, said. "It is the employer's responsibility to protect employees in the workplace."
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