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Annette Zimmerman’s pain, even after three decades, is a constant reminder of being trampled while trying to escape a chicken-processing plant fire that killed 25 of her co-workers.
She survived — but after multiple physical and emotional traumas, including 11 operations and 37 pieces of surgical hardware in her neck and spine, she still struggles to recover.
And the federal government has continued struggling to respond in a meaningful way to that 1991 Imperial Food Products tragedy in Hamlet, N.C.
Last month, the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Agriculture Department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) approved an agreement designed to improve the detection of workplace hazards.
That looks like progress, but it’s also a reminder that a similar 1994 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two agencies, signed in reaction to the fire, was mostly neglected. Competing agency cultures and…
This article was written by Joe Davidson and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com