Tyson Foods is expanding its safety program to 12 poultry plants, allowing workers there to stop the line if they have safety concerns.
The Springdale, Arkansas-based company developed the measures in cooperation with the United Food and Commercial Workers International union. Tyson has been testing the safety program in is beef plants.
This program allows workers to stop the production line if they see a safety issue and make them involved in plant safety committees. It is part of the company’s ongoing effort to reduce injuries related to the dangerous work in a meatpacking plant.
There has been a decrease in injuries and turnover at plants using the measures over the past three-to-five years. The number of injuries and illnesses that Tyson reported per 100 employees declined from 8.16 in the company’s 2015 fiscal year to 6.58 in 2016 and 5.08 last year.
“We’re proud of the progress we’ve made,” said Tyson Fresh Meats President Steve Stouffer.
The new policies will be added to other safety efforts Tyson has made in its poultry plants in recent years, including adding more than 300 trainers and improving safety communications.