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Document ID (ISN)106067
CIS number 07-115
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Quandt S.A., Grzywacz J.G., MarÝn A., Carrillo L., Coates M.L., Burke B., Arcury T.A.
Title Illnesses and injuries reported by Latino poultry workers in western North Carolina
Bibliographic information May 2006, Vol.49, No.5, p.343-351. Illus. 31 ref.
Abstract Many workers in the poultry industry in the USA are immigrants. Few data exist on their occupational disease and accident rates in relation to the workplace safety environment. In this study, interviews were conducted with a representative sample of 200 Latino poultry workers employed by three companies in North Carolina. Topics included symptoms, illnesses, injuries and plant safety climate. Most respondents were under 35 years of age and had been in the USA for less than ten years. Frequency of self-reported symptoms was high, particularly for musculoskeletal symptoms. Despite symptoms, few workers reported missing work or seeking medical care. Occupational injuries and illnesses and symptoms varied by company. Company-to-company differences in injury and illness rates were consistent with perceived safety climate and provision of personal protective equipment. Findings suggest policy changes and research are needed to reduce the high rates of occupational illnesses and injuries in this vulnerable population.
Descriptors (primary) North Carolina; occupational accidents; meat industry; migrant workers; poultry farming; occupational diseases
Descriptors (secondary) safety consciousness; responsibilities of employers; subjective assessment; USA; slaughtering; plant safety and health organization; conditions of work; survey; biological hazards; supply of personal protective equipment; musculoskeletal diseases
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Food, beverage and tobacco industries
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Livestock rearing
Food industry