Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal Chapter 8 Summary

Eric Schlosser

Chapter 8 Summary

The Most Dangerous Job

A walk through a meatpacking plant reveals workers herded like cattle, blood and gore, and mindless jobs done with lethal weapons. Meatpacking jobs are now the most dangerous in the country, and one in three slaughterhouse workers are seriously injured each year. Other kinds of packing plants work with animals of similar sizes so the automation and mechanization is greater. Cattle, however, vary in size—often by hundreds of pounds. The cut parts of each animal are transported mechanically, but most of the major work is still done with one simple tool—a sharp knife—on a “disassembly” line. Worker injuries are generally blade related or due to repetitive movement, such as...

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