MythCrushers Video Highlights Industry-low Injury Rates
April 1, 2016

The North American Meat Institute this week released the latest installment in its "Meat MythCrushers" series, this time to clarify the perception that the industry is one of the most dangerous industries for workers.

"At one time, 25 to 30 years ago, there was a lot of discussion about that," Dennis Burson, meat extension professor and food safety specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, says in the video. "But today things have changed. We're down to about 5.7 injuries per 100 people" - a number that's in line with most other manufacturing industries, he added.

One of the most significant drivers of worker safety improvement may be attributed to the creation of Voluntary Ergonomic Guidelines for the Meat Packing Industry developed in 1990 with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. OSHA has called the guidelines a "model" for other industries.

The video also details the variety of tools workers use in meat and poultry plants to help ensure their safety.

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