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As U.S. Pork Plant Speeds Up Slaughtering, Workers Report More Injuries

CHICAGO — One of America’s leading pig is running faster than ever as meatpackers hustle to keep pork in grocery stores during the COVID-19 pandemic. Plant worker Hector Ixquier says it’s time to slow down. Ixquier said he sought medical …

Union Sues to Block Trump Move to Speed Up Pig Slaughtering

A food workers’ union filed a federal lawsuit Monday to block a Trump administration move to end limits on the speed of pork slaughter lines, arguing the new rule would lead to more injuries among employees and increase the risk …

NIOSH Study Examines Machine Learning to Prevent Some Workplace Injuries

Workplace interventions can be helpful in reducing injuries while on the clock. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, low back strains, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other soft-tissue musculoskeletal injuries are the most frequent causes of missed workdays in the …

Poultry Processing Plant Injuries Often Underreported

Meat and poultry processing workers often perform the same motions for hours at a time: pulling tenders off of chicken carcasses, tearing out their internal organs or trimming cuts of meat. These repetitive and forceful jobs, performed on long shifts …

Travelers Collaboration to Test VR, Wearables in Acute Orthopedic Injury Treatment

The effectiveness of therapeutic virtual reality (VR) and wearable technology to manage pain associated with acute orthopedic injuries of the lower back and extremities will be explored by Travelers, Cedars-Sinai, Samsung Electronics America, Bayer and applied VR. The Cedars-Sinai’s Center …

Federal Agencies Tasked With Updating National Workplace Injury, Illness Data

A committee tasked with revamping a national workplace study released a 200-page report recently recommending major changes in workplace surveillance. The goal, according to the committee, is to reduce the health burden caused by injuries in the workplace. The report …

U.S. Meat, Poultry Workers Fear Retaliation for Reporting Workplace Injuries, Hazards

Workers at U.S. meat and poultry processing plants are reluctant to tell federal inspectors about injuries or workplace hazards amid concerns that they could lose their jobs, according to a government report. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has difficulty …

Summer Jobs Can Put Teens at Risk for Workplace Injuries

The start of summer means summertime jobs for many teens across the U.S. In 2015, 19.1 million workers under 24 years old represented 13 percent of the workforce, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The …

Feds Issue Warning to Arizona on Reducing Workplace Injury Fines

Federal officials warned a commission overseeing Arizona’s workplace safety agency that its practice of lowering fines on companies for worker injuries and deaths violates the state’s laws and could jeopardize its ability to run its own safety program. The letter …

Workers’ Comp Programs Assist Workers in Addiction Fight

Meet a victim of the nation’s opioid addiction scourge: the American worker. A number of U.S. states are taking steps through their workers compensation systems to stem the overprescribing of the powerful painkillers to workers injured on the job, while …