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3-D jobs and health disparities: The health implications of latino chicken catchers' working conditions†
Article first published online: 22 MAY 2012
Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume 56, Issue 2, pages 206–215, February 2013
How to Cite
Quandt, S. A., Arcury-Quandt, A. E., Lawlor, E. J., Carrillo, L., Marín, A. J., Grzywacz, J. G. and Arcury, T. A. (2013), 3-D jobs and health disparities: The health implications of latino chicken catchers' working conditions. Am. J. Ind. Med., 56: 206–215. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22072
- Issue published online: 15 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 22 MAY 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 29 APR 2012
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Grant Number: R25-OH006335
- immigrant worker;
- social justice;
- organization of work;
- poultry processing
This study uses qualitative data to describe the tasks performed by chicken catchers, their organization of work, and possible health and safety hazards encountered.
Twenty-one Latino immigrant chicken catchers for North Carolina poultry-processing plants were interviewed to obtain their perceptions of the job and its hazards. Interviews were recorded and transcribed (n = 10) or detailed notes recorded (n = 11). Transcripts and notes were subjected to qualitative analysis.
Chicken catching takes place in a highly contaminated and hazardous work environment. The fast pace of work, low level of control over work intensity, and piece rate compensation all result in high potential for work-related injury and illness, including trauma, electrical shock, respiratory effects, musculoskeletal injuries, and drug use. Workers receive little safety or job training.
Chicken catching is characterized by a work environment and organization of work that promote injury and illness. Am. J. Ind. Med. 56:206–215, 2013. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.