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The bill would suspend and prohibit any line speed increases in meatpacking plants during the pandemic.
The rule would have allowed poultry plants to dramatically increase line speeds, leading to more worker injuries.
Study reveals poor safety records of 15 plants that received line speed waivers in April.
OSHA fatality-related investigations are at a 10-year high.
Poultry workers already suffer staggeringly high rates of work-related injury and illnesses—rates 60 percent higher than the average worker.
The poultry facilities’ request to operate at faster line speeds than allowable by law endangers both workers and consumers.
The industry’s petition would have endangered the health of consumers and the safety of hundreds of thousands of workers.
Parsing words and bending facts will have real victims: consumers and workers.
The report confirms that dangerous working conditions persist in the nation’s meat and poultry industry.