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Poultry workers face high risks on the job

South Carolina residents may understand how difficult it can be to work in a meat processing plant. According to OSHA severe injury data, chicken and meat processing workers were at a high risk of getting hurt on the job. From January 2015 to September 2016, there were 180 severe injuries reported to OSHA from poultry processing companies. That put the poultry industry 12th overall when it came to the number of such injuries.

There were 14,000 companies that reported severe injuries to OSHA during those 21 months. Of those companies, Tyson had the fourth-highest number of reports while JBS/Pilgrim's Pride was number six on that list. Cargill was 14th on the list according to a report from the National Employment Law Project. According to NELP, many of these injuries could be prevented by following basic OSHA safety protocols.

Those who are injured on the job may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. In some cases, they may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit if the injury was the result of gross employer negligence or negligence on behalf of an outside third party. An attorney may be able to help an employee determine what his or her rights may be after getting hurt at work.

It may be important for workers to know that they may have a workers' compensation claim even if they were hurt outside of company property. For instance, if someone is hurt while making a delivery to a customer or gets sick while visiting a poultry farm, his or her employer may be liable for damages. Those who have any questions about their case may wish to talk to legal counsel as soon as possible in an effort to best preserve their rights.

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