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Unformatted text preview: ts.” At the IBP beef plant in Dakota City, Nebraska, for example, the company kept two
sets of injury logs: one of them recording every injury and illness at the slaughterhouse, the other provided to visiting OSHA inspectors and
researchers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. During a three-month period in 1985, the first log recorded 1,800 injuries and illnesses at the
plant. The OSHA log recorded only 160 — a discrepancy of more than 1,000 percent.
At congressional hearings on meatpacking in 1987, Robert L. Peterson, the chief executive of IBP, denied under oath that two sets of logs
were ever kept and called IBP’s safety record “the best of the best.” Congressional investigators later got hold of both logs — and found that
the injury rate at its Dakota City plant was as much as one-third higher than the average rate in the meatpacking industry. Congressional investigators also discovered that IBP had altered injury records at its beef plant in Emporia, Kansas. Another leading meatpacki...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
- Spring '08