Report: House Of Raeford Hid Injuries, Ignored Hurt Workers

The Charlotte Observer reports that poultry giant House of Raeford has hidden the extent of injuries that have occurred inside its factory walls.

The story in today's editions also says workers who were hurt have been either ignored, intimidated or fired. The Observer also reports that an investigation revealed that the company has compiled misleading injury reports and has defied regulators as it meets an increasing appetite for chicken.

The company, based in Raeford, has been cited for 130 serious workplace safety violations since 2000 -- among the most of any U.S. poultry company.

House of Raeford officials responded by saying they follow the law and strive to protect workers.