After ‘The Jungle’: The Changing Face Of Meatpacking
Dangers Remain Despite Progress
UPDATED: 12:54 pm EDT April 23, 2006
OMAHA, Neb. — He works in a world of long knives and huge saws, blood and bone, arctic chill and sweltering heat. For Martin Cortez, this is life on the line as a meatpacker.
It’s no place for the squeamish. Some workers can’t stomach the gore — chopping up the meat and bones of hundreds of cattle, day after day. Cortez has been at it more than 30 years. It also can be very dangerous. Some workers have been slashed, burned or scarred. He has not.