AMA Journal of Ethics | Meat and Poultry Plants are Endangering Workers

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The KI’s Debbie Berkowitz joins a team of medical experts to discuss how meat and poultry plants foster environments that endanger their mostly Black and Brown workforce.

Most meatpacking workers are Black, Latinx, and immigrant workers earning low wages and at high risk for occupational injury. Most meat and poultry plants have on-site workplace clinics (OWCs) where workers are required to obtain care for work-related injuries or illnesses before seeking outside clinical assessment or intervention. Although OWCs can help plant managers identify and mitigate hazards, government and other investigations reveal that OWCs in meatpacking plants not only fail to advocate for safer work conditions, but also nurture conditions that exacerbate injury and illness….Read more HERE