Poultry Plant Workers Complain Of Intimidation After Fatal Chemical Leak

"Foundation Food Group allegedly asked workers to sign blank sheets of paper, and impeded compensation and healthcare claims"

"Meat plant workers who were injured and displaced after a fatal accident in the US last month are alleged to have been intimidated and offered limited medical care.

A liquid nitrogen leak at a Foundation Food Group poultry plant in Gainesville, Georgia, killed six people in January and hospitalised at least 11 others.

A coalition of organisers, attorneys and community members claims that, since the fatal incident, workers have been discriminated against and intimidated by the company while attempting to file compensation claims and obtain medical care.

Some workers had been asked to sign blank sheets of paper after returning to the plant to collect their belongings, according to a letter sent by the coalition to Foundation Food Group. The letter also claims the company is impeding employees’ access to healthcare."

Lewis Kendall reports for the Guardian February 16, 2021.

Source: Guardian, 02/17/2021