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Iowa Slaughterhouse Fined $957 After COVID-19 Outbreak Infected Hundreds of Workers

HeadlineSep 25, 2020

In Iowa, the Trump administration has fined the operators of a beef slaughterhouse plant just $957, after they failed to protect workers from contracting coronavirus on the job. Three hundred thirty-eight of the plant’s 850 workers got sick during a major outbreak at the Iowa Premium Beef plant in April. This week, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration ordered a $1,914 fine against the company for record-keeping violations, then agreed to cut that fine in half after negotiations with executives. The Associated Press reports four other meat plants in Iowa with major outbreaks received no fines at all, despite hundreds of COVID-19 cases and nine deaths at the plants.

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