News Digest 6-29-2020

Quote of the day

“Tyson intended by these false representations to deceive workers in the Waterloo facility … and to induce them to continue working despite the uncontrolled COVID-19 outbreak at the plant and the health risks associated with working.”

Lawsuit filed in connection with the deaths of three employees of a Waterloo pork processing plant

Martinsville Bulletin




Family of Chicago worker who fell to his death sues construction company

The family of a 57-year-old construction worker who was killed after falling two stories at a Chicago church is suing the construction company, saying it failed to provide adequate safety measures to protect employees from dangerous work conditions. The suit seeks more than $50,000 in restitution. The company did not have workers’ compensation insurance at the time of the accident, according to the lawsuit. Block Club Chicago


Families of three deceased workers sue Tyson over outbreak at Iowa plant

The families of three workers who died after contracting COVID-19 in an Iowa pork processing plant claim Tyson Foods and its top executives were aware the virus was spreading by late March or early April, and knowingly put employees at risk and lied to keep them on the job. IOSH inspected the plant in April in response to complaints, and says it found no violations. Martinsville Bulletin


Japan sees record workers’ comp claims for mental illness

A record number of workers’ compensation claims were filed in Japan in fiscal 2019 for mental illness caused by workplace stress, according to government officials. Women made 952 claims, a rise of 164 from the previous year and higher than the number of claims filed by men. Among successful claims, 88 related to cases of suicide and attempted suicide. Additionally, young people appeared particularly vulnerable, with claims filed by those in their 20s increasing by 100 from a year earlier. Japan Today


How construction workers’ compensation losses are changing

While much has remained the same in construction workers’ compensation claims, automobiles hitting workers now seems to exceed slips and trips that don’t involve a fall, accounting for 7.6 percent, or about $800 million, in workers’ compensation costs, according to the Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index. Engineering News-Record


Congress weighs hazard pay for frontliners

It’s still unclear if a hazard pay proposal will be included in Congress’s next stimulus package, but high death and infection rates among the nation’s minorities, are placing a lot of pressure on lawmakers. CT Mirror