Slaughtering livestock and the processing of meat can be hazardous operations, with certain situation leading to injured abattoir workers. Although the facilities in which these tasks are undertaken are highly mechanised, there are still many parts of the process requiring manual operation. Workers tend to be trained for particular tasks: one employee will have a specific role in killing each animal humanely, while further along the chain a colleague will be responsible for carving the meat to separate muscle, fat and bone.
The tools required for the slicing process must be incredibly sharp to achieve the desired portions. Although abattoir work is governed by strict health and safety guidelines, the speed with which the various tasks have to be performed can lead to careless mistakes. Workers are most commonly injured near the ends of their shifts when they have become tired. Repetitive strain injuries are a regular occurrence, as employees have to perform the same tasks over and over. The busy nature of an abattoir environment is another factor that can create a potential for workers to become involved in dangerous situations.
Specific dangers that staff face
The factor that is most likely to cause injured abattoir workers is the speed of the production line. Repetitive motion means that the employees need to repeat tasks, while ensuring that they keep up with the frequency of each animal as it is added to the process. This means that even when joints and limbs are beginning to ache, the employee must keep up. Employers must ensure that machinery is maintained and that the carving implements are kept in a pristine condition. When tools become blunt, more strain is placed on the worker using them to carve the meat into joints.
Have you considered seeking further information?
If you have suffered from an injury in an abattoir and would like to find out whether or not your circumstances would qualify for compensation, look no further. At Accident Advice Helpline, we have more than 15 years’ experience in dealing with cases just like yours. If you phone us on 0800 689 0500, our team of compensation claims experts will analyse your circumstances. If there is evidence of negligence on the part of someone else and the incident occurred within the past three years, there is a chance of a satisfying outcome.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown