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Meat Industry Injury and Illness Rates Reach New All Time Best

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released final 2014 incidence rates for non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses by industry. Meat industry results improved significantly from both 2013 and 2012 levels, reaching a new, all-time industry low of 5.5 cases per 100 full-time workers per year. The results demonstrate a substantial improvement from 10 years ago, when the number of injuries and illnesses stood at 10.3 cases per 100 full-time workers, and 20 years ago, when the rate was 24.3 cases per 100 workers. The most serious injuries-those included in the Days, Away, Restricted or Job Transfer (DART) rate-also declined. Further, the meat industry's position compared to the overall U.S. manufacturing sector also improved, as overall manufacturing category results maintained an all-time low of four incidents per 100 employees per year.

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