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Meat and Poultry Industry Achieves Lowest-Ever Incidence Rate for Non-Fatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

(North American Meat Institute)

U.S. meat and poultry packers and processors continued to make significant progress in workplace safety in 2017, as the newly released Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) incidence rate for non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses reached an all-time industry low.

In 2017, there were 4.8 cases of occupational injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in the meat and poultry sector. This figure represents an improvement from the previous industry low of 5.3 cases of occupational injuries and illnesses per 100 workers recorded in 2016. Historic BLS data reveal that the meat and poultry industry has continued to make considerable worker safety progress, as the number of non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses decreased more than 53 percent in the past 12 years.

The most serious injuries, those included in the “Days Away, Restricted, or Job Transfer (DART)” rate, totaled 3.6 cases per 100 workers, and matched the lowest rate ever recorded for the meat and poultry industry. In 2016, the DART incidence rate was 4.4 cases per 100 full-time workers.

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