Government Report: Dangerous Conditions in Poultry Industry

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The U.S. Governmental Accountability Office released a report today saying workers in poultry plants face dangerous conditions.

The report finds that the poultry industry has higher rates of injuries and illnesses than other manufacturing industries. The main issues workers face in poultry plants are musculoskeletal disorders, chemical exposure, and traumatic injuries from machines, according to the report. It also says workers may underreport issues for fear of losing their jobs.

Earlier this month, workers here in Northwest Arkansas delivered more than 100,000 signatures to the Springdale headquarters of Tyson Foods. 

The petition, coordinated by Oxfam and the Northwest Arkansas Workers’ Justice Center, asked for the right to bathroom breaks, saying being able to go to the bathroom is a basic human right that is routinely being denied within the poultry industry.

Tyson responded, saying that employees with concerns can talk to their supervisor, human resources, or a chaplain. They can also anonymously call a help line or file the concern online.

Tyson is one of the world’s largest poultry companies.

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