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whole time sharpening big knives in her lap as though she were knitting a sweater.
The “IBP revolution” has been directly responsible for many of the hazards that meatpacking workers now face. One of the leading
determinants of the injury rate at a slaughterhouse today is the speed of the disassembly line. The faster it runs, the more likely that workers will get hurt. The old meatpacking plants in Chicago slaughtered about 50 cattle an hour. Twenty years ago, new plants in the High Plains
slaughtered about 175 cattle an hour. Today some plants slaughter up to 400 cattle an hour — about half a dozen animals every minute, sent
down a single production line, carved by workers desperate not to fall be-hind. While trying to keep up with the flow of meat, workers often
neglect to resharpen their knives and thereby place more stress on their bodies. As the pace increases, so does the risk of accidental cuts and
stabbings. “I could alwa...
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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