Original Reporting

The Charlotte Observer, "The Cruelest Cuts" (Print publication: February 10-15, 2008)
The original 6-part series, videos, interactive graphics, and ongoing coverage.
Plus: How The Observer did the investigation and responses to the reporting from poultry processor House of Raeford.

Congressional Hearings
House Committee on Education and Labor Hearing
"Hidden Tragedy: Underreporting of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses" (6/19/2008)
Links to video of the hearing, written testimony, and the House Committee's full report. The Charlotte Observer's reporting is mentioned several times during the hearing and cited in the report.

Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Hearing
"When a Worker is Killed:  Do OSHA Penalties Enhance Workplace Safety?" (4/29/08)
A second hearing, this one in front of the full Senate Committee. Links to audio and video, witness testimony.

Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions
Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety Hearing
"Serious OSHA Violations: Strategies for Breaking Dangerous Patterns" (4/1/2008)
The first of three hearings prompted by The Charlotte Observer's coverage. Links to audio and video, witness testimony.

U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities
This page of the Department of Labor's site provides current data from the BLS's Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. The data for the survey is provided by private-industry employers who are selected to participate in the survey; participation is mandatory.

U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders: Guidelines for Poultry Processing

OSHA released these guidelines in 2004 specifically targeting work-related MSDs, but employers are not obligated to follow them. OSHA proposed mandatory ergonomics standards in 2001, but they were repealed two months after they went into effect. 

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