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    Default Re: Smithfield is closing its pork processing & Tyson Food COVID-19 outbreak concern

    This is an important question that is now arising. How can you prove you got COVID at work.
    Seems some companies have denied claims based on just that. Prove it.

    Meatpackers deny workers benefits for COVID-19 deaths, illnesses
    Saul Sanchez died in April, one of six workers with fatal COVID-19 infections at meatpacker JBS USA's slaughterhouse in Greeley, Colorado, the site of one of the earliest and deadliest coronavirus outbreaks at a U.S. meatpacking plant.
    Before getting sick, the 78-year-old Sanchez only left home to work on the fabrication line, where cattle carcasses are sliced into cuts of beef, and to go to his church, with its five-person congregation, said his daughter, Betty Rangel. She said no one else got infected in the family or at Bible Missionary Church, which could not be reached for comment.

    JBS, the world's largest meatpacker, denied the family's application for workers' compensation benefits, along with those filed by the families of two other Greeley workers who died of COVID-19, said lawyers handling the three claims. Families of the three other Greeley workers who died also sought compensation, a union representative said, but Reuters could not determine the status of their claims.
    JBS has said the employees' COVID-19 infections were not work-related in denying the claims, according to responses the company gave to employees, which were reviewed by Reuters.
    Tyson has also denied workers' compensation claims stemming from a big outbreak in Iowa, workers' attorneys told Reuters. Smithfield workers at a plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, also hit by a major outbreak, have generally not filed claims, a union official said, in part because the company has paid infected workers' wages and medical bills.
    In Minnesota, where JBS had a major outbreak, meatpacking employees filed 930 workers' compensation claims involving COVID-19 as of Sept. 11, according to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. None were accepted, 717 were rejected and 213 were under review. The agency did not identify the employers.
    https://news.trust.org/item/20200929...29100828-7wujf

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    Default Re: Smithfield is closing its pork processing & Tyson Food COVID-19 outbreak concern

    The fines that were imposed on the meatpacking giants simply weren't a deterrent.

    OSHA Criticized for Lax Regulation of Meatpacking in Pandemic
    When the pandemic hit in March, a JBS meatpacking plant in Greeley, Colo., began providing paid leave to workers at high risk of serious illness.
    But last month, shortly after the plant was cited by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration for a serious virus-related safety violation and given two initial penalties totaling about $15,500, it brought the high-risk employees back to work.
    While the agency has announced initial penalties totaling over $1 million to dozens of health care facilities and nursing homes, it has announced fines for only two meatpacking plants for a total of less than $30,000. JBS and the owner of the second plant, Smithfield Foods, combined to take in tens of billions of dollars worldwide last year.
    The meat industry has gotten the relatively light touch even as the virus has infected thousands of its workers — including more than 1,500 at the two facilities in question — and dozens have died.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/22/b...irus-meat.html

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    Default Re: Smithfield is closing its pork processing & Tyson Food COVID-19 outbreak concern

    I believe this is your typical American corporate manager. And others who feel the virus isn't real.

    Managers at Tyson pork plant placed bets on how many workers would get COVID-19, lawsuit alleges
    As state officials and lawmakers urged the shutdown of a Tyson Foods pork-processing plant in Iowa, managers at the plant reportedly placed bets on how many would end up getting sick.
    In April, Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson publicly expressed concern over the Tyson plant remaining open. Around this time, per the suit, plant manager Tom Hart allegedly began organizing the "winner take all" betting ring among managers and supervisors over how many employees would get sick from COVID-19.
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...ck/3775892001/

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    Default Re: Smithfield is closing its pork processing & Tyson Food COVID-19 outbreak concern

    Quote Originally Posted by fxstc07 View Post
    I believe this is your typical American corporate manager. And others who feel the virus isn't real.

    Managers at Tyson pork plant placed bets on how many workers would get COVID-19, lawsuit alleges



    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...ck/3775892001/
    I'm wondering if there is grounds for a law suit?

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