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U.S. Meat Workers Fear Reporting Safety Concerns

  • Workers reluctant to speak out for fear of losing jobs: report
  • Poultry workers face ‘pervasive climate of fear,’ Oxfam says
Inside The Greenberg Smoked Turkeys Inc. Facility Ahead Of Thanksgiving Holiday
Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg
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Workers at U.S. meat and poultry processing plants are reluctant to tell federal inspectors about injuries or workplace hazards amid concerns that they could lose their jobs, according to a government report.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has difficulty addressing workers’ safety concerns because many won’t contact the agency for fear of employer retaliation, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a study released Thursday. That means the agency “may not be able to identify or address conditions that endanger them.” OSHA usually conducts worker interviews on site, which prevents workers from remaining anonymous.