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Unformatted text preview: orkers who get hurt. The greatest gains in worker safety, however, will come
when state and federal authorities look at the meatpacking industry’s injury rate from a new perspective. Almost any workplace injury,
viewed in isolation, can be described as an “accident.” Workers are routinely made to feel responsible for their own injuries, and many do
indeed make mistakes. But when at least one-third of meatpacking workers are injured every year, when the causes of those injuries are well
known, when the means to prevent those injuries are readily available and yet not applied, there is nothing accidental about the lacerations,
amputations, cumulative traumas, and deaths in the meatpacking industry. These injuries do not stem from individual mistakes. They are
systematic, and they are caused by greed.
OSHA fines imposed on meatpacking companies have done little to change the safety practices of the industry. At the moment, the
maximum OSHA fine for a death caused by willful employer negligence is $70,00...
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- Spring '08