When you go to the grocery store and buy meat, you probably recognize that someone had to pack everything you buy. The meatpacking industry is extremely busy, and partially because of that is why it's so dangerous.
Injuries from working in the meat and poultry industry are under-reported, it's believed, and that's because workers aren't likely to talk about the risks they face on the job. To avoid penalties and scrutiny, the industry's businesses may not be reporting injuries as often as they should.
According to a 2016 article, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) believes there are more injuries taking place than being reported following the latest inspections. It's claimed by workplace safety watchdogs that workers are sometimes told to work through their pain instead of being offered appropriate medical treatment for their injuries.
Some in the industry maintain in-house health units to avoid having workers report their injuries to the state. These in-house units may offer over-the-counter medications, compresses and other treatments that aren't from an outside doctor. It's important for all workers to understand their rights; getting medical help after a workplace injury is a right every worker should have and employ when necessary.
As someone who works in this industry, it's important that you know your rights and that you have access to medical care when you need it. Our website has more information on what to expect if you get hurt while working in the meatpacking industry and what you can do to make sure you get the medical care and financial support you need.