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Complaint may spur review of meat industry's virus response

Apr. 07, 2021 21:32 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A union complaint about whether an Oklahoma meatpacking plant is doing enough to protect workers from the coronavirus could test the industry's response to the pandemic because Seaboard Foods says it is following recommendations from the government and trade groups. ...

Judge rejects rule that let pork plants speed up production

Apr. 01, 2021 12:12 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out a rule allowing pork plants to speed up production lines because the U.S. Department of Agriculture didn't properly consider the risks to workers. The judge in Minnesota ruled Wednesday that the agency's Food Safety and...

Bend coffee shop fined $27K over alleged COVID-19 violations

Mar. 30, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Occupational Safety & Health has fined a Bend coffee shop more than $27,000 for allegedly violating three standards meant to protect employees from the coronavirus disease. State officials said in a news release Tuesday that Kevista...

Fargo seed company settles with OSHA over employee injury

Mar. 24, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Fargo birdseed production company has reached a settlement with a federal agency that investigated a severe and life-altering injury to an employee. The probe by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration stemmed from an incident in August...

Business groups urge Michigan governor to let offices reopen

Mar. 04, 2021 15:48 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Business groups on Thursday urged Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to let employers reopen their offices for in-person work rather than lengthen a coronavirus-related restriction set to expire in mid-April. In October, after a court ruling upended the...

Colorado lawmakers hear bill on doxing public health workers

Mar. 04, 2021 11:13 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — One year into the coronavirus pandemic, Colorado public health officials asked lawmakers to pass a bill that would make it unlawful to disseminate personal information that threatens the safety of health workers and their families. Under current law,...

Another Florence restaurant fined over COVID-19 restrictions

Feb. 24, 2021 18:27 PM EST

FLORENCE, Ore. (AP) — State officials have fined another Florence restaurant for several violations of guidelines meant to protect employees from COVID-19. Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Wednesday it had fined Firehouse Restaurant &...

NY sues Amazon, saying it didn't protect workers from virus

Feb. 17, 2021 15:16 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York attorney general is suing Amazon over COVID-19 safety protocols, accusing the company of being more concerned with making money than protecting its workers from getting sick. The lawsuit, filed late Tuesday, involves two Amazon facilities in...

South Carolina considers breaking up public health agency

Feb. 15, 2021 08:03 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's public health workers have been tasked with keeping the state safe for 143 years, ever since lawmakers created a health board in 1878 after a yellow fever outbreak killed 20,000 Americans. Now, as the coronavirus pandemic surges,...

Amazon sues NY attorney general to stop virus probe

Feb. 12, 2021 19:25 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is suing the attorney general of New York in a bid to stop her from suing the company over its coronavirus safety protocols and the firing of one of its outspoken workers. In the lawsuit filed Friday in Brooklyn federal court, Amazon said...