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Illnesses and injuries reported by Latino poultry workers in western North Carolina.

Authors
Quandt-SA; Grzywacz-JG; Marin-A; Carrillo-L; Coates-ML; Burke-B; Acrcury-TA
Source
Am J Ind Med 2006 May; 49(5):343-351
NIOSHTIC No.
20030801
Abstract
Poultry processing is the largest sector of the meat products industry. Many workers are immigrants; few data exist on their illness and injury rates and the impact of workplace safety environment. Survey interviews were conducted with a representative sample of 200 Latino poultry workers employed by three different companies in western North Carolina; topics included symptoms, work-related illnesses and injuries, and plant safety climate. Most respondents were <35 years of age and had been in the US <10 years. Frequency of self-reported symptoms was high, particularly for musculoskeletal symptoms. Despite symptoms, workers reported not missing work or seeking medical care. Occupational injuries and illnesses and symptoms varied by company. Between-company differences in injury and illness rates were consistent with perceived safety and company provision of personal protective equipment. Symptoms reported exceeded rates reported by other community, clinical, and occupational samples. Findings suggest policy changes and research are needed to reduce the high rates of occupational illnesses and injuries in this vulnerable population.
Keywords
Injuries; Demographic-characteristics; Racial-factors; Poultry; Poultry-workers; Poultry-industry; Meat-packing-industry; Workers; Work-environment; Occupational-health; Age-factors; Age-groups; Safety-measures; Safety-clothing; Personal-protective-equipment; Occupational-safety-programs; Occupational-diseases; Diseases
Contact
Sara A. Quandt, Department of Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1063
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20060501
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
squandt@wfubmc.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2006
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R25-OH-008335
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
0271-3586
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
NC
Performing Organization
Wake Forest University Health Sciences
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