Cargill, Tyson Foods and Pilgrim’s Corp were among winners for implementing employee safety and health programs at an industry awards ceremony.
The total recordable poultry processing illness and injury rate for 2012 was 4.9 cases per 100 full-time workers (per year), down from 5.8 in 2011.
This represents a 78% decrease from 1994 when the recorded rate was 22.7.
The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council recognized 96 chicken and turkey facilities during the 2014 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry.
The group consists of members from US Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation and collectively represents companies that produce 95% of the nation's poultry products and directly employ more than 350,000 workers.
Award consideration was based on injury statistics over three years and an evaluation of written applications by three judges.
"The 2014 awards program resulted in a record number of award recipients despite more stringent requirements to qualify, further highlighting the industry's commitment to workplace safety,” said the Council.
“The notable and constant decrease in illness and injury rates among poultry's workforce over the last two decades is a direct consequence of their dedication to worker safety.”