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· Iowa regulator praised Tyson for quick response to complaint
· Federal Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Tyson Foods After Employee COVID-19 Death
· Mobile medical unit begins testing at SL Tyson
Iowa regulator praised Tyson for quick response to complaint
May 19, 2020
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A safety regulator praised Tyson Foods for providing a quick written response after learning about a complaint alleging the coronavirus was spreading at its plant in Perry, Iowa before an outbreak was confirmed there.
Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Records obtained by The Associated Press show the agency received the complaint April 11, did not contact Tyson until April 20 and gave the company one week to respond.
Tyson released records Tuesday showing that it responded two days after learning of the complaint and a state official praised its “diligence.”
The agency closed the inquiry April 28 after determining that Tyson’s response outlining its safety efforts at the plant was satisfactory. Later, 730 workers...
Federal Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Tyson Foods After Employee COVID-19 Death
Source: VB Attorneys
WFMZ-TV (PA) - May 19, 2020
HOUSTON, May 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- An employee of Tyson Foods stationed at the company's meat processing plant in Amarillo, Texas suffered a work-related injury, contracted COVID-19, and died. The family is represented by the VB Attorneys law firm based in Houston, Texas.
A lawsuit filed in the Amarillo Division of the Northern District of Texas, (Case No. 2:20-cv-00125-z; Ka La Ya Lay, Aye Aya Lay, Tun Lah, Individually, and Tun Nee Individually and as next friend of minor child, K.M.N. and as Representatives of the Estate of Pwar Gay, Deceased Vs. Tyson Foods, Inc., alleges Pwar Gay worked as a meat cutter at the Tyson meatpacking plant in Amarillo, Texas. According to the lawsuit, Mrs. Gay tripped and fell and injured her knee in a job-related incident. Following the injury, Tyson sent Mrs. Gay to its company clinic, where she received first aid treatment and was sent back to work. Mrs. Gay was not permitted to go home to rest or seek medical attention due to Tyson's shortage in staff, according to the legal documents.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the surviving husband and four children of Mrs. Gay, alleges COVID-19 infected numerous workers at the company's Amarillo facility where Mrs. Gay worked, and that Mrs. Gay was not provided appropriate personal protective equipment to protect her from coronavirus. After working with her knee injury, Mrs. Gay fell ill and experienced difficulty breathing, and was admitted to the hospital. Mrs. Gay tested positive for COVID-19 and died on May 8, 2020.
Mrs. Gay's family alleges at least 4,500 Tyson employees have contracted coronavirus, and at least 18 have died. A grossly disproportionate number of Tyson employees have contracted COVID-19, and have died when compared to the general population. The suit further alleges Tyson does not buy workers compensation insurance for its employees, choosing instead to provide workers with a "rigged" injury settlement program.
Vuk S. Vujasinovic, a founding partner of VB Attorneys, said, "We look forward to fighting hard for Mrs. Gay's family in this case, and to set a precedent that our community will not tolerate companies that prioritize profits over the safety of hard-working employees. Mrs. Gay put in eight tough years with Tyson, and she and her family deserved much better than this."
A copy of the file-stamped federal complaint is available by clicking here.
About VB Attorneys
VB Attorneys is a law firm based in Houston, Texas.
Contact: Carlos Villarreal
Mobile medical unit begins testing at SL Tyson
Pilot Tribune (IA)
May 19, 2020
A Matrix Medical mobile unit has been set up at Tyson Foods in Storm Lake, and will begin testing team members this week at both the pork and turkey plants.
Tyson, Storm Lake’s largest employer, is partnering with the leading clinical services company to help ensure the safety and health of their team members and contractors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Matrix operates a network of locally based clinical providers and a fleet of mobile health clinics to provide community-based services with advanced diagnostic capabilities and enhanced care options.
As Tyson Foods begins to reopen some idled facilities, it will be with the support of Matrix to further help protect the people who work in Tyson facilities, creating additional healthcare access when it comes to their individual health needs.
In addition to testing, Matrix provides daily on-site clinical screening support at Tyson facilities to help ensure a safe working environment, assistance with the environmental design of Tyson facilities to mitigate the risk of COVID-19
spread, team member access to nurse practitioner care with access onsite or through a mobile health
clinic and employee education and support for personal health goals or concerns.
“Tyson is committed...