Meatpacking Injury Risks
Meat processing and meat packing plants utilize sharp machinery and heavy equipment to churn out thousands of meat products every day. Individuals who work in these plants are required to work around dangerous equipment at a fast pace to meet their quota, a combination that can often lead to injury.
In fact, of all industries in the United States, meatpacking is the most dangerous according to accident statistics. It has the highest overall injury rate as well as the highest rate of serious injury of any industry, with approximately one-quarter of all U.S. meatpacking workers injured on the job each year.
Causes of Injury in Meatpacking Plants
Factory environments such as those in meatpacking plants contain a number of dangers for workers. Some common causes of injury in these plants include:
- Use of heavy equipment
- Conveyor belt malfunction
- Forklift and other machinery traffic
- Inhalation of dangerous chemicals
- Illnesses from handling meat products
- Repetitive strain from performing the same work task repeatedly
These hazards can lead to serious injuries for meatpacking workers, such as lacerations, broken bones, amputations, and internal injuries. An injury may keep a worker from returning to his or her job for months, and in some cases may disable a worker permanently.
Meat Packing Accidents and Workers’ Compensation
Workers who are injured or fall ill on the job are entitled to receive workers’ compensation from their employers. Workers’ comp benefits give injured employees the money that they need to cover medical bills, lost wages while they recover, and other costs related to their injuries.
Unfortunately, an employer or its insurance company may try to limit an employee’s benefits by denying a workers’ comp claim, delaying payment, or offering reduced benefits. An experienced Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyer can help you determine the amount that you are entitled to for your work injury and can help to ensure that you receive the money you are owed.
To discuss your claim for workers’ compensation with a dedicated Des Moines workers’ comp attorney, contact LaMarca Law Group, P.C., today by calling 877-327-2600.