COVID-19 deaths go uninvestigated as OSHA takes a hands-off approach to meatpacking plants

Smithfield Foods’ plant in Sioux Falls, S.D., is one of just five U.S. meatpacking plants that OSHA has cited and fined for COVID-19 related violations. ABIGAIL DOLLINS/ARGUS LEADER
Jose Andrade-Garcia, a 20-year employee of JBS’ pork processing plant in Marshalltown, died May 15 after a month-long stint in the hospital with coronavirus. BRYON HOULGRAVE/THE REGISTER
Workers are getting ready at the JBS plant in Marshalltown in March. Workers had complained that some parts of the plant were crowded, making it unsafe for workers trying to avoid the spread of coronavirus. JBS says improvements have been made. The photos were supplied to the Iowa League of United Latin American Citizens. CONTRIBUTED/IOWA LEAGUE OF UNITED LATIN AMERICAN CITIZENS

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