Keeping Food Processing Workers Safe
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The food processing industry has one of the highest worker injury rates in the United States. A 2007 study of food processing plants, conducted by the US Department of Labor, found work-related injuries or illnesses were higher in this industry than those recorded in all other industries. This is a significant issue for the industry as a whole, but there are proven methods available to minimize injury and illness rates.
Food processing plants can be inherently dangerous places to work. Workers routinely lift heavy objects, operate dangerous equipment and make repetitive motions - all while standing for long periods. Plants may also be noisy, limiting communication between workers. The combination of physical demands and environmental distractions makes working in a food processing plant a hazardous line of work.
Not only are food processing plants hazardous environments in which to work, they must remain very clean at all times. State and federal codes regulate how workers handle food and these regulations must be followed at all times. Inadvertent contamination of food or equipment could lead to a temporary plant closure, resulting in lost time and money.
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