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Injuries and Illnesses in Poultry Processing Fall Below All Manufacturing

On the job illnesses and injuries in the poultry processing sector has fallen below all manufacturing. 

This is the first time the poultry sector scored better than manufacturing since the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics began recording injuries and illnesses information in 1994. 

The total recordable poultry processing illness and injury rate for 2019 was 3.2 cases per 100 full-time workers annually, down from 3.5 in 2018. 

The poultry industry’s rate of 3.2 was below the rate of 5.1 for similar agricultural industries in terms of injuries per 100 full-time workers and lower than the rate of 4.0 for the entire food manufacturing sector and all of manufacturing at 3.3. 

Injury and illness rates within the poultry sector’s slaughter and processing workforce has fallen by 86 percent over the last 25 years and continues to decline. 

The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council, which included the National Chicken Council, stated the data, “acknowledges the excellent safety performance achievements the poultry industry has accomplished.

(Story Courtesy of NAFB News Service)

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