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Workers Hit McDonald’s With Class Action Over COVID-19 Safety

Five McDonald’s workers in Chicago filed a class action lawsuit against the chain on Tuesday, accusing it of failing to adopt government safety guidance on COVID-19 and endangering employees and their families. McDonald’s failed to provide adequate hand sanitizer, gloves …

U.S. Labor Secretary Defends Workplace Safety Record During Pandemic

U.S. Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia on Thursday defended his department’s handling of workplace safety during the coronavirus pandemic, saying “the cop is on the beat” in response to union criticism about a lack of directives to protect workers. In a …

Stopping Virus a Huge Challenge at Crowded Meat Plants

OMAHA, Neb. — Daily reports of giant meat-processing plants closing because workers tested positive for the coronavirus have called into question whether slaughterhouses can remain virus-free. According to experts, the answer may be no. Given that the plants employ thousands …

Threat of Sick Workers at U.S. Meat Plants Forces Policy Changes

In shelter-in-place America, people have been filling their freezers full of meat just in case. Meanwhile, at the plants where the meat is packed, the big question is: What happens if the workers start getting sick? The potential for a …

World Bank: Robots Aren’t Killing Off All Our Jobs Yet

The rise of automation has so far had a negligible impact on jobs at a global scale, the World Bank chief economist said, despite common gloomy predictions that humans are set to be replaced by machines. While advanced economies have …

9 Dead in Gas Explosion at Chinese Coal Mine

A gas explosion at a mine in central China has killed nine workers. The accident happened Saturday afternoon at a mine in Hunan province’s Sandu township. A Hunan work safety official says all nine workers underground at the time were …

Illinois Grain Bin Operator Fined for Deaths Closes

A northwestern Illinois company has gone out of business and paid nearly $270,000 in federal fines after two teenage workers suffocated in a July 2010 grain bin accident, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday. Two workers – 19-year-old …

2 Workers Seriously Injured in Fall at Connecticut Campus

State police say two construction workers were seriously injured after falling 30 to 40 feet off scaffolding in Storrs near the University of Connecticut campus. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident, which happened shortly after …

NRC: Workers Exposed to Radiation at Louisiana Power Plant

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says workers were exposed to a low level of radiation during maintenance work in 2009 at the Entergy Corp.’s Waterford 3 nuclear power plant in Louisiana. The Times-Picayune reports that an NRC report found that no …

Two Hospitalized in Minnesota After Incorrectly Mixing Chemicals

Two workers at a Hopkins, Minn., health club were rushed to the hospital after inhaling pool chemicals that were mixed incorrectly. First responders were called to LA Fitness Monday after the two men, ages 29 and 31, were having difficulty …