ETH MODULE 5 CASE-Safety Standards at Meat Packing Plants

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Running head: SAFETY STANDARDS 1 Safety Standards at Meat Packing Plants ________________________ TUI University December 5, 2010
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SAFETY STANDARDS 2 Safety Standards at Meat Packing Plants Noting that the recommendations have been disputed by the meat industry representatives is imperative. The Human Rights Watch personnel were blamed for not being knowledgeable of events and hazards taking place in the meat industry. One representative suggested that the author of the report had firsthand knowledge of safety issues in plants that he never visited. The statement is patently false as the report’s researchers visited and examined three meatpacking plants, inclusive of Nebraska. Furthermore, meatpacking workers were interviewed and injury reports along with government, academic studies, newspaper reports, and legal proceedings were evaluated (Gonzalez, Cindy, 2005). Additionally, the investigation was initiated as a result of severe employee injuries and OSHA violations. The industry spin doctors also never denied that such violations happened, but instead implied that accidents had reduced considerably. However, no indications existed relative to what was being done to reduce the accidents or the standards implemented to alleviate the hazards. On the contrary, the risk of more injuries is increasing considerably with production lines that move faster to provide greater output. Personnel working the machines and assembly lines have to move more expeditiously to keep up with production, posing greater work-related injuries (Gonzalez, Cindy, 2005). Some companies have developed robotic equipment for certain jobs, which create more problems and concerns for plant workers. Robotic equipment does not resolve or address the problems, but can put employees at risk for job
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SAFETY STANDARDS 3 loss and further injuries. Simply, such companies can have investigators review
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This note was uploaded on 03/25/2012 for the course ETH 501 taught by Professor Dr.lamer during the Fall '11 term at Trident Technical College.

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