Upton Sinclair & The Meatpacking Industry
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DESCRIBE THE MEATPACKING INDUSTRY DURING THE PROGRESSIVE ERA AND PRESENT TIME MEATPACKING INDUSTRIES TODAY.

 

During the hoisting operation, it is possible for a 2,000-pound dead animal to fall on workers and injure them if faulty chains break or slip off the dead animals’ hind leg. Workers can suffer from crippling arm, hand, and wrist injuries. For example, carpal tunnel syndrome can literally wear out the nerves running through one section of the wrist. Workers can be cut by their own knives and by other workers' knives during the butchering process. Back injuries can result from loading and unloading meat from trucks and from moving meat, meat racks, or meat trees along overhead rails. Workers can be severely burned by cleaning solvents and burned by heat sealant machines when they wrap meat. It is not uncommon for workers to lose their fingers or hands on machines that are improperly locked-out or guarded. For example, in 1985, BLS studies also reported 1,748 cases of injuries to the fingers, including 76 amputations. Many workers have also injured themselves by falling on slippery floors and can be exposed to extremes of heat and cold. Today on the other hand, we have made work places safer by providing first aid, protective equipment, and meat inspections.

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Problems remain at XL Foods meat-packing plant

 Problems remain at XL Foods meat-packing plant:

 

Canada: Problems remain at XL Foods meat-packing plant: union

Via The Globe and Mail: Problems remain at XL Foods meat-packing plant: union. Excerpt:
Despite XL Foods’s assertions that problems have been fixed at the meat-packing company at the centre of the tainted beef recall, the union representing the plant’s workers says food safety issues remain.
Doug O’Halloran, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 401, said there is a “desperate need” for an improved culture of food safety at the plant.
“Workers at XL Foods in Brooks want to be part of the solution,” he said in a news release. “They’re going to be back at work in a few days, but nothing has been done to address the issues that led to this problem.”
Mr. O’Halloran, who has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday afternoon in Brooks, Alta., cited concerns relating to training for temporary foreign workers, line speed and a need to protect whistleblowers.
In addition, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is planning an update Wednesday. CFIA inspectors were in Brooks on Tuesday for a pre-inspection of the facility, which processes more than one-third of Canada’s beef.
The plant’s production lines have been shut down since Sept. 26, more than three weeks after E. coli was first detected. No date has been set for the facility to reopen.
At least 11 people across Canada have fallen ill as a result of eating meat processed at XL and the outbreak has prompted the biggest recall of beef in Canadian history.

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vocabulary

TAINTED
A TRACE OF SOMETHING BAD, OFFENSIVE, OR HARMFUL

WHISTLEBLOWERS
A PERSON WHO INFORMS ON ANOTHER OR MAKES PUBLIC DISCLOSURE OF CORRUPTION OR WRONGDOING.

HARROWING
EXTREMELY DISTURBING OR DISTRESSING: GRIEVOUS

SLAUGHTER
THE KILLING OR BUTCHERING OF CATTLE, SHEEP ETC, ESPECIALLY FOR FOED.

HAZARDOUS
FULL OF RISK: PERILOUS: RISKY

ERGONOMICS
HUMAN ENGINEERING

PLUNGE
THE CAST OR THRUST FORCIBLY OR SUDDENLY INTO SOMETHING, AS A LIQUID, A PENETRABLE SUBSTANCE, A PLACE, ETC: IMMERSE: SUBMERGE

SATIRICAL
OF, PERTAINING TO, CONTAINING, OR CHARACTERIZED BY SATIRE

SATIRE
THE USE OF IRONY,SARCASM, RIDICULE, OR THE LIKE, IN EXPOSING, DENOUNCING, OR DERIDING VICE, FOLLY ETC.

LIBELOUS
CONTAINING, CONSTITUTING, OR INVOLVING A LIBEL: MALICIOUSLY DEFAMATORY.

MUCKRAKING
TO SEARCH FOR AND EXPOSE REAL OR ALLEGED CORRUPTION, SCANDAL, OR THE LIKE, ESPECIALLY IN POLITICS.

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Learning from the Source: Chicago Meatpackers & the Unions | Primary Source Nexus

Learning from the Source: Chicago Meatpackers & the Unions | Primary Source Nexus | Upton Sinclair & The Meatpacking Industry | Scoop.it
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Safety and Health Guide for the Meatpacking Industry

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Meatpacking in America: Still a Jungle Out There? . NOW | PBS

Meatpacking in America: Still a Jungle Out There? . NOW | PBS | Upton Sinclair & The Meatpacking Industry | Scoop.it
Some critics say today's meat packing industry in America is little better than the one described by Upton Sinclair in The Jungle a century ago.
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BRIA 24 1 b Upton Sinclairs The Jungle: Muckraking the Meat-Packing Industry - Constitutional Rights Foundation

BRIA 24 1 b Upton Sinclairs The Jungle: Muckraking the Meat-Packing Industry - Constitutional Rights Foundation | Upton Sinclair & The Meatpacking Industry | Scoop.it
CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS FOUNDATION Bill of Rights in Action FALL 2008 (Volume 24, No.
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