Poultry industry sees major declines in musculoskeletal disorders
Long considered an industry rife with ergonomic hazards, a recent study commissioned by the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council -- made up of members from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council, and National Turkey Federation -- found that MSDs have declined 75 percent since 1992.
Poultry processing jobs often involve physically demanding work with some employees making more than 25,000 cuts per day processing chickens and turkeys. Common MSDs included injuries to the nerves, tendons, muscles and supporting structures of the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, neck and low back. To address the issue, members of a poultry task force identified the "triad strategy" of training, ergonomics and medical intervention as the key common denominators for successful preventive efforts.
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March 22, 2010
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