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Traumatic injury rates in meatpacking plant workers.

Authors
Culp K; Brooks M; Rupe K; Zwerling C
Source
J Agromed 2008 Jan; 13(1):7-16
NIOSHTIC No.
20040613
Abstract
This was a 3-year retrospective cohort study of traumatic injuries in a midwestern pork meatpacking plant. Based on n = 5410 workers, this was a diverse workforce: Caucasian (56.6%), Hispanic (38.9%), African American (2.7%), Asian (1.1%) and Native American (0.8%). There were n = 1655 employees with traumatic injuries during this period. At 6 months of employment, the probability of injury was 33% in the harvest workers who were responsible for slaughter operations. The overall incidence injury rate was 22.76 per 100 full-time employees per year. Women experienced a higher incidence for injury than men. The risk ratio (RR) for traumatic injury was significantly lower in Hispanic workers compared to Caucasians (RR = 0.54, 95% CI = 0.49-0.60) and nonsignificantly higher in African American and Native American workers after adjusting for age, gender, work section assignment, and experience (RR = 1.33, 95% CI = 1.21-1.47). These findings suggest that either Hispanics are very safe employees or they underreport injuries. We make the case for the latter in the discussion.
Keywords
Humans; Adolescents; Men; Women; Age-groups; Traumatic-injuries; Injuries; Meat-handlers; Meat-packing-industry; Workers; Sociological-factors; Risk-factors; Pathology; Food-processing-industry; Food-processing-workers; Accidents; Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Author Keywords: Work; injuries; meat processing
Contact
Kennith Culp, PhD, RN, FAAN, College of Nursing, University of Iowa, 50 Newton Rd, Iowa City, IA 52241
Publication Date
20080101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
ken-culp@uiowa.edu
Funding Type
Grant; Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2008
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008491; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008460
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1059-924X
Source Name
Journal of Agromedicine
State
IA; MO
Performing Organization
University of Iowa
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