Federal regulators recently gathered data from meat processing plants and found that workers are at a higher risk for injury than workers in other manufacturing industry jobs. Between 2004 and 2013, 151 workers died from injuries sustained at meat and poultry plants. Injuries at these factories, however, are underreported for several reasons, including:
Due to lack of accurate statistical data on meat plant injuries, the federal government likely does not have the proper information it needs in order to put in place more protections for these workers. A report conducted at a Maryland plant found that 1/3 of all workers there had injuries that qualify as carpal tunnel syndrome, but most are not reported to OSHA. The repetitive movements required in these jobs place the workers at risk every day of developing these types of injuries and until policies are put in place to protect the workers, it will continue to be a serious issue and danger to employees.