Illness in Meat Packing Industry


    IN a recent paper (Public Health Rep.,54, 2196; 1939) Hugh P. Brinton, assistant statistician, Harry E. Seiffert, assistant public health engineer, and Elizabeth S. Frasier, junior statistician, United States Public Health Service, present an analysis of cases of sickness and non-industrial injuries lasting eight calendar days or longer among workers in the slaughter and meat-packing industry. The annual number of cases per 1,000 was 95-0 for white males, 144.2 for white females, and 137-9 for negro males, while the average number of days of disability per person was 3-16, 4-85 and 4-01 respectively. Those who showed the highest figures in the form of an excess of respiratory diseases were cold-meat workers among white males, sealers, wrappers and packers among white females, and by-product workers among negro males.

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    Illness in Meat Packing Industry. Nature 145, 419 (1940).

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