Lawmakers Plan Hearings on Poultry Industry After Newspaper Probe

US - U.S. Senate and House committees are planning hearings on worker safety in the poultry industry following a report by The Charlotte Observer on House of Raeford, congressional leaders and aides said.
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"All Americans should be horrified at the conditions reported in this investigation," Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, said in an e-mail. He said he plans to hold a hearing this spring.

The Observer reported that House of Raeford, which has seven processing plants in North Carolina and South Carolina, had masked the extent of injuries in its plants.

Employees say the company has ignored, intimidated or fired workers who were hurt on the job. The Observer reported that the company has broken the law by failing to record injuries on government safety logs, according to a top OSHA official, and that some seriously injured workers were brought back to the company's Greenville, S.C., plant hours after surgery.

House of Raeford officials have said they follow the law and strive to protect workers.


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