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Fast Food Nation: Chapter 8
Transcript of Fast Food Nation: Chapter 8
Dangerous Job Fast Food Nation Would you also like lies with that? ...those poor cows... Claim Ethos Pathos Concession Rebuttal Anaphora Hyperbole
"For eight and a half hours, a worker called a 'sticker' does nothing but stand in a river of blood, being drenched in blood, slitting the neck of a steer every ten seconds or so, severing its carotid artery" (Schlosser 171). "Sharp Knives" Section Summary "The Worst" Section Summary Tone Author's Purpose Author's
Audience Nina Nguyen Allison Acton Anastasia Karaulova or "Don't Get Caught" Section Summary "The Value Of An Arm"
Section Summary "Kenny" Section Summary What would you prefer? Imagery "Indeed the rate of these cumulative
trauma injuries in the meatpacking industry is
far higher than the rate of any
other American industry. It is almost thirty-five times higher than the national average in industry. Many slaughterhouse workers make a knife cut every two or three seconds, which adds up to about 10,000 cuts during an eight hour shift." (Schlosser 173). Prezi done by these lovely ladies: The words "blood" and "injuries" is constantly repeated throughout the chapter. "...in a river of blood, drenched in blood..." (Schlosser 171) and "...dramatic and catastrophic injuries in a slaughterhouse are greatly outnumbered..." (Schlosser 175). Many would say that slaughterhouses are a great way of mass production of food. That way, many people are saved from starvation and are healthier due to the amounts of food leaving those bloody doors daily, at the rate of four hundred cattle per hour. But, wouldn't you stop to consider the enormous number of cattle being slaughtered daily? Also, how much more inhumane could it be for the poor cows? The horrid living conditions are worse enough, and to add to the problem, they are only born to be killed. Our narrator is being led throughout a facility by one of it's own workers, someone who has access to the plant, one who strongly disagrees with the working conditions and the unfair treatment. Once strong and powerfully built, he now walks with difficulty , tires easily, and feels useless, as though his life were over. He is forty-six years old." (Schlosser 190). The most dangerous job in a slaughter house is the late night cleaning crews. Three or four thousand cows are slaughtered daily and the cleaning crew has to clean everything by sunrise. They use high pressure hoses that spray a mixture of chlorine and water. The workers stand on conveyer belts riding them as they clean. The cleaning crew can not hear each other because of the hoses and the machinery, which causes a lot of accidents. For instance Richard Skala was beheaded by a dehiding machine, Carlos Vincente was pulled into the cogs of the conveyer belt and torn apart, and Salvador Hernandez- Gonzalez had his head crushed by a pork-lion processing machine. Kenny Dobbins had a rough childhood with an abusive stepfather, he left home at the age of thirteen and moved to different schools. Kenny never learned how to read so he went to work at Monfort slaughterhouse in Grand Island, Nebraska. One day Kenny caught a 90 pound box with one arm and lost his balance sending him into the conveyer belt. The rim of the belt had metal teeth sticking out which pierced his lower back. The company's doctor simply said it was a pulled muscle. Kenny spent a month in the hospital because of a herniated disk instead. Later on, when Kenny had to disinfect the slaughterhouse, the he wasn't properly protected from the chlorine. Later that day he was rushed to the hospital with burned lungs and blisters that covered his body. Kenny then spent a month in the hospital. When he got back he was reassigned a job driving a truck plant to plant. One day Kenny became disoriented, he pulled the truck over and got out. He was hit by a train. Kenny walked all the way back to the slaughterhouse barefoot with deep gashes in his back and face, he spent two weeks in the hospital. He later broke his leg and shattered his ankle now he can only walk with a brace. Kenny was given a job recycling old knives. One day Kenny felt a sharp pain in his chest, he went to the company's nurse. She said it was a pulled muscle. Later Kenny went to the hospital because of a massive heart attack. Not long afterward Monfort fired Kenny...because he had no more use for him. The author's purpose was clearly just to state the honest facts of the world's most dangerous job. Mainly anyone who will listen. Those humanitarians, and animal lovers definitely. The main emotion here is obvious. Don't you feel absolutely horrible for those poor cows? They are born to be slaughtered, and to be treated extremely unfairly, even for an animal. Why isn't this being charged as animal abuse? Simple. Slaughterhouses are the most dangerous place to work. Not to mention that they are completely inhumane. There are two main tones for this entire chapter. The first one is mainly disappointment, of how horrible these animals and workers are treated. And the other is simply amazement, at how we humans can be so cruel and heartless. Under Colorado's law the payment for losing an arm is $36,000. An amputated finger is from $2,200 to $4,500, depending on the finger. A serious disfigurement to the head or face is a maximum of $2,000. Most of the work done in a slaughterhouse is by hand, so the most important tool is a sharp knife. Cuts are the most common injury in a slaughterhouse. The workers often have back and shoulder problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, and trigger finger ( a syndrome where the finger gets stuck in a curled position). Workers often bring there knives home and sharpen them at least 40 minutes a day. IBP kept 2 sets of logs. The first one recording the every injury and illness in the slaughterhouse the second on for the OSHA inspector. The first log recorded 1,800 injuries and the second log only 160.Congressional investigators got a hold of both logs and fined IBP $2.6 million by OSHA for under reporting injuries. They were also fined $3.1 million for the high rate of trauma. The fines were eventually reduced to $975,000.