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Decline in Injury and Illness Rates in Poultry Plants


The Bureau of Labor Statistics within the Department of Labor recorded 3.5 cases of either injury or work-related illness per 100 full-time workers in 2018 down from 3.8 per 100 in 2017.  The 2018 value was below the rate of 5.1 for processing plants other than poultry and lower than the rate of 4.2 for the entire food-manufacturing sector.  Since 1994, the rate of injuries and illness has declined 84 percent from 22.7 cases per 100 full-time workers.


The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council stated, “Though the past two decades have shown a notable decrease in the numbers and rates of injury and illnesses the poultry industry is steadfast in pursuing new and innovative ways to protect our workforce.”

The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council comprises participation from USPOULTRY, the National Chicken Council and the National Turkey Federation.  Collectively the three organizations represent companies producing 95 percent of U.S. poultry products directly employing more than 350,000 workers.


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