Food Manufacturing

Workers in this industry process, package, and transport livestock and agricultural products, transforming them into the food products that are seen in households, grocery stores, and restaurants. Although more than 50 percent of workers in this industry are employed in production occupations, they operate in diverse environments that present a multitude of occupational safety and health risks. Workers in food manufacturing are more likely to be fatally injured and experience nonfatal injuries and illnesses than those in private industry as a whole. In addition, food manufacturing workers are much more likely to suffer a nonfatal injury or illness requiring job transfer or restriction than one resulting in days away from work to recuperate.