72,000 Food Workers Have Been Infected With COVID-19, Trump’s OSHA Still Fails to Take Action

Over 72,000 American food workers, and more than 1,400 food/farm facilities have been infected with the coronavirus, while 327 have died, according to the Food and Environment Reporting Network’s COVID-19 database.

However, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has investigated only a few worker complaints and issued only small fines against a few employers, noted The New York Times:

Meat processing plants, for instance, have had among the highest rates of infection. Employees continued to show up to work at many such facilities, even as thousands of their colleagues tested positive for the virus.

By one estimate, more than 27,000 workers in meatpacking have tested positive for the coronavirus, up sharply from 17,000 just last month.

Even as state after state reopens, and the number of infections continues to climb, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has so far refused to give employers clear rules to follow, allowing those that neglect worker safety to operate without fear of government penalty.

For months now, OSHA has relied on general guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, without making them mandatory, meaning businesses face no threat of enforcement action for noncompliance.

(Sources: Food and Environment Reporting Network, The New York Times, Photo Credit: WNCN/YouTube)

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