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A recent National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) report found that workers in poultry plants are much more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome.
To perform the study, NIOSH health experts visited a poultry plant in South Carolina and measured how many of the workers had carpal tunnel syndrome. The study found that 42% of the workers had carpal tunnel syndrome and that 41% worked jobs that exceeded OSHA limits on repetitive stress activities.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by repetitive stress on the wrist. Many jobs in poultry processing factories involve repeatedly making the same motion with your hand, which stresses your wrist and hand. Because these jobs increase the risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome, workers in these industries may be able to receive money under the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation law.
Also, because many of the machines are not well-designed for human use, the machine manufacturers may be liable in some instances. It is important to pursue all available avenues of compensation.
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include pain, numbness, or weakness in the fingers, wrist, or palm. If you are experiencing these symptoms and worked in a poultry plant or another animal processing plant, it is important to speak with a knowledgeable carpal tunnel syndrome expert who can help determine whether you have carpal tunnel syndrome and what was the cause.
Most work-related injuries in North Carolina are governed by the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation law. The law is complicated and has many specific provisions, but in broad terms the law allows you to recover money if you are injured at work and your job placed you at increased risk of suffering the injury you suffered, even if your employer didn’t violate any safety rules.
If you have carpal tunnel syndrome and worked in a poultry factory or other animal processing factory in North Carolina, you may have a legal claim and be able to receive money for your injury and treatment. Many workers in animal processing facilities perform repetitive activities that contribute to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome. If you worked in a poultry plant and you believe you may have carpal tunnel syndrome, you can contact the carpal tunnel syndrome attorneys at Wallace & Graham at 800.849.5291 for a free evaluation.