Ergonomic illnesses affect nearly 6 of 10 poultry workers, federal study says
A study by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that more than half of poultry plant workers across the country are suffering from ergonomic injuries, casting doubts over the U.S. Agriculture Department’s (USDA) proposal to speed up poultry lines by adapting a new inspection system.
According to the study, nearly 6 out of 10 poultry plant workers in the U.S. are suffering from musculoskeletal issues, while 4 out of 10 are dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome. The United Food and Commercial Workers, a union whose members include thousands of poultry workers, said speeding up the production in poultry plants would translate to a higher number of workplace injuries.
The USDA plans to accelerate poultry plant production for up to a maximum of 175 carcasses every minute by implementing changes in the inspection system.
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