If you sustain an occupational disease like carpal tunnel on the job, you should report the injury to your employer, immediately seek medical attention and file a workers’ compensation claim promptly.
Workers’ compensation laws vary from state to state, so you should consult with an experienced Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia workers’ compensation attorney to determine what options are available to you.
According to The Washington Post, poultry workers met on Capitol Hill recently in hopes of dismissing a proposal to overhaul the way the poultry industry operates processing plants.
In meetings around Washington, plant workers described the rapid pace of current line speeds, detailing how this affects their work, which involves repeating the same movements thousands of times a day: chopping chicken carcasses to pieces, carving and pulling meat off bones, and packaging them for consumers.
“My hands really began to hurt when I switched to deboning,” a 59-year-old worker said at a Capitol Hill news conference. “The real problem here is the lines go really fast.”
Currently, plants run processing lines at a maximum rate of 140 birds a minute. Under the USDA’s proposed plan, line speeds could rise to 175 birds a minute. A government study and a separate academic analysis placed rates of carpal tunnel syndrome for the poultry workers at over 40 percent.
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