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Resource ID: #15620
Subject: Worker Safety
Source: The Texas Observer
Date: May 22, 1998



A worker's hand gets cut off once every five years at IBP meat processing plant. Management says that's not a problem. The company's cost-control strategy...a system that relies on the plant's easily intimidated, largely immigrant, replenishable work force its complaisant union and business-friendly laws. Zimmerman showed up while she was still waiting to have surgery. He got her to sign the waiver, with her left hand (she is right-handed), while she was heavily drugged. She has no memory of signing it.

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