Working Conditions

This paper will specifically focus on safety standards employed at meatpacking industry across USA, which has mostly labored low waged immigrant and undocumented workers. Indeed, the number of rising accidents and injury rates has compelled policy-makers and pundits to formulate and implement new strategies that would ensure maximum safety of workers employed by meat industry. The author in this paper will analyze various recommendations provided by Human Right Watch institution. Indeed, the author will apply Utilitarian and Deontological business ethics concepts and theoretical frameworks to demonstrate the adequacy and feasibility of different recommendations, aimed to improve workplace practices for greater safety and creation of healthy and secure meatpacking environment.
It should be pointed out that OSHA promised from concerned authorities that it would initiate training programs about effective meatpacking cleaning to firms that offer services to US meat and poultry industries. For instance, the concerned authorities and various institutions such as World-Herald also launched investigations to identify weaknesses in currently industry wide implemented practices and procedures. (USA labor Department, 2004)
Human Rights Watch, a renowned international welfare institution, also came with relevant recommendations for safety of meat packing workers that will be discussed briefly in this section after they will be evaluated in the light of ethical concepts.
The first recommendation was to develop ‘new state and federal laws to reduce the speed’ of automated production lines because workers are unable to adjust themselves in such fast production environment and unable to properly handle sophisticated machinery. In addition, the number of accidents has notably increased over recent years, which is an alarming issue that needs to be tackled at the earliest. Next