122 chicken and turkey facilities received awards for safety at the recent National Conference for Safety in the Poultry Industry. The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council honored the companies for their outstanding safety records, thanks to their innovative safety and health programs. The Joint Council consists of members from the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, National Chicken Council, and the National Turkey Federation. These three companies make up 95 percent of the nation’s poultry production and employ 350,000 people. The total injury and illness rate was 4.3 cases per 100 full time workers a year. That’s down from 4.5 in 2013. This is an 81 percent drop from 1994 when records were first kept when the rate was 22.7 cases per 100 workers. The Council said, “this represents the enormous progress poultry producers have made in improving the safety of our workforce.” They also said the injury rate is now almost equal to the rate in the rest of America’s manufacturing industries.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service.