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Job Hazards of Poultry Processing and Slaughtering

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Poultry consumption in the U.S. and Maryland has been growing for years now, with each passing month seeming to be at an all time high. In fact, it is not uncommon for 10.5 million birds to be slaughtered on a weekly basis, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And, unfortunately, the poultry industry is riddled with serious hazards for Maryland workers.

Chemical Hazards, Workplace Illnesses

Poultry plants and facilities are inherently dirty, given the nature of the job. The high levels of bacteria, animal tissue, and chemicals used to clean up the mess all present serious health complications for the workers that are in the thick of it all. In fact, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the worker illness rate of the poultry industry is more than six times greater than the average of U.S. industries.

Cuts, Lacerations, Amputations

Because of the high-paced work, heavy machinery, and dangerous equipment used in the poultry industry, workers in poultry processing and slaughtering are more than twice as likely to be injured on the job than the average U.S. worker. Many of the most common, and severe, injuries include deep cuts to the hands or arms, lacerations on other body parts, and loss of fingers or even hands.

Repetitive Motion Injuries

Doing the same motion day after day, even if that motion does not hurt your wrist or hand all the time, can cause a repetitive motion injury. Repetitive motion or overuse injuries are caused by inflammation and damage to a tendon, tendon sheath, or cartilage, during which the affected tendon rubs against a bone spur or tight swollen body part. For instance, a damaged rotator cuff is usually a form of an overuse injury.

Noise Damage

Being exposed to loud noise levels every day for weeks, months, and years of employment can easily cause permanent hearing damage. Most people are unaware of their slowly declining hearing ability until it becomes too late, and serious damage has been caused. Surgery and hearing aids are expensive, which is why it is so important to work with an attorney to procure compensation benefits.

Slip and Falls

Narrow passage ways, slippery floors from spilled blood and poultry body parts, water, and other liquids all create an environment where slips become common. Add in sharp-edged metal machinery in every direction, and traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and soft tissue damage all become the norm for workers in the poultry industry.

Call Workers’ Compensation Attorney Tara K. Frame Today

Whether you suffered an injury caused by slipping and falling on a slippery floor, a repetitive motion or repetitive strain injury, an illness caused by a toxic substance or unsanitary conditions, or suffered a laceration caused by a sharp object, you have the right to workers’ compensation. This compensation can financially provide for you and your family while you recover, as well as cover all of your medical costs associated with your occupational injury or illness. Contact an experienced Maryland workers’ compensation attorney to learn about your options. The lawyers at Frame & Frame are eager to help you today.

Resources:

nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Maryland/Publications/Poultry/2015/Brls0129.pdf

osha.gov/dep/enforcement/poultry_processing_10282015.html

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