Slaughterhouse Employed Children To Clean Saws And Head Splitters, DOL Says

The illegal use of child labor in slaughterhouses continues to be a growing problem, as employers try to avoid federal laws. The latest incident comes from Tennessee.

NBC reports:

“Another industrial slaughterhouse cleaner has been accused by the U.S. Labor Department of illegally employing children as young as 13 to clean dangerous equipment on overnight shifts, according to a temporary restraining order filed in federal court Wednesday.

The Labor Department said that Tennessee-based Fayette Janitorial LLC illegally employed 15 children to clean a Perdue Farms poultry plant in Virginia and nine to clean a Seaboard Triumph Foods pork processing plant in Iowa. They cleaned such equipment as head splitters and meat bandsaws.

Fayette has 600 employees in 30 states, according to the company’s website.

Children under the age of 18 are not allowed to work in slaughterhouses because the work is considered by the federal government to be too dangerous.

Last summer, a 16-year-old migrant was killed at a Mississippi slaughterhouse when he was sucked into a machine that he was cleaning.”

For the rest of the story, visit NBC News here.

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