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Occupational injuries in the meatpacking industry, United States, 1976-1981.

Authors
Pezaro-A; Leffingwell-S; Mahaffey-KR
Source
MMWR Surveill Summ 1985 Jun; 34(SS-1):29SS-32SS
NIOSHTIC No.
00205906
Abstract
A review of data from accidents in the meat packing industry (SIC- 2011) identified ten occupations which accounted for 83% of the injuries. Of these ten, meatcutters, laborers, material handlers, and miscellaneous operators accounted for 70%. Meatcutters (40.8%) and laborers (20.3%) were injured most often. The largest proportion of injuries involved knives and saws, meat products, and containers; knives and saws were associated with 22.6% of all injuries and meat products with 11.7%. Knives and saws caused over half the injuries to meatcutters and 22% to laborers. Sprains and strains, cuts and lacerations, and contusions constituted nearly 75% of all injuries; sprains and strains were involved in 31.1% and cuts and lacerations made up 30.5%. Finger injuries accounted for 24%, back injuries for 15.7%, and hand, arm, and wrist injuries for 22.5%. In response to this analysis, NIOSH was to make recommendations concerning risk factors within the meat packing industry.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Risk-factors; Risk-analysis; Meat-handlers; Meat-packing-industry; Hand-injuries; Occupational-accidents; Accident-statistics
Publication Date
19850601
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1985
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
SS-1
ISSN
1546-0738
NIOSH Division
DSDTT; DSR
SIC Code
2011
Source Name
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Surveillance Summaries
State
OH; WV
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