Are Workers Losing Lives and Limbs to Satisfy Production Goals?

In an article written by Issac Arnsdorf and co-published with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, ProPublica highlights the conflict between worker safety and health and production goals at chicken processing plants

At first glance, Fieldale Farms, a chicken processing facility in Gainesville, Georgia, appears to be focused on safety. A big sign outside of the facility promotes the slogan “Think Safe, Work Safe.”

Approximately 1,900 workers are employed by Fieldale Farms, and according to public records obtained by ProPublica, workers there probably have a higher than average chance of losing fingers and even their lives as a result of their work for Fieldale Farms.

In 2009, OSHA cited Fieldale Farms with 22 alleged safety and health violations and proposed fines of $73,275. The violations included two repeat violations – for failure to provide standard guardrails for open-sided platforms and using flexible cords and cables as a substitute for fixed wiring; 18 … Read more...

Proposed Revisions to Heat Illness Prevention Standard, FAA Expands Safety Reporting, US Army Teaches Employers About Safety and More on EHS This Week!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • California proposes revisions to the Heat Illness Prevention Standard
  • Workers with second job face increased health risks
  • FAA expands safety reporting program
  • USDA issues guidance to inspectors on reporting workplace hazards
  • US Army explains how businesses can improve safety

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • FSIS Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection Final Rule. View it here.

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OSHA’s regulatory agenda for 2014, Healthcare’s aging workforce, USDA & EPA water quality trading, and more on EHS This Week.

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • OSHA’s regulatory agenda for 2014
  • Healthcare’s aging workforce
  • USDA & EPA expanded water quality trading program, and more.

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

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