World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 06 Apr, 2021 08:45 am

JBS Greeley meatpacking worker dies after being struck by machinery

JBS Greeley meatpacking worker dies after being struck by machinery
At least 474 workers in the plant have contracted COVID and seven have died as a result of the unsafe maintenance of production by management, with the support of the United Food and Commercial Workers union.

” She continued, “[We] are working closely with local officials and OSHA [the Occupational Safety and Health Administration] to investigate the incident.Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited JBS USA LLC in Greeley with 11 serious, one repeat and eight other-than-serious safety and health violations.Nationwide, more than 50,000 workers across the entire meatpacking industry have been infected, and at least 286 have died, according to the Food and Environment Reporting Network.Even before the coronavirus pandemic, the meatpacking industry was one of the most dangerous in the country, with repetitive-motion injuries in particular extremely common.

” In reality, JBS, with the support of both the UFCW and the federal government, bears responsibility for deadly working conditions in the facility.As for the federal government, the Trump administration signed an executive order last year invoking the Defense Production Act to force meatpacking facilities to remain open.

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