As several of its plants are temporarily shuttered and concerns about employee safety are mounting due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, American protein products manufacturer Tyson Foods released a new video on Friday outlining the measures it is taking to protect its workers from COVID-19.
“We’ve worked diligently to protect our team members by taking worker temperatures at the start of each shift and identifying symptomatic team members who simply need to be asked to go see their doctor,” senior vice president Hector Gonzales said in the presentation. “We’ve required face coverings and have performed deep cleaning a number of our facilities. We spent countless hours working on social distancing measures, building dividers at a number of workstations and expanding breakrooms by erecting tents to simply give us more room.”
The company said visitors’ access to facilities is restricted and workers are being told to stay home if they are ill.
Tyson’s new video was released after news organizations reported in recent weeks that hundreds of workers have become infected with coronavirus at Tyson locations across the country.
Last week, television news station WPXI said about 100 have tested positive for COVID-19 at a Tyson plant in Tennessee. Officials in Iowa filed a lawsuit against Tyson last week alleging the company failed to provide safe working conditions at its Waterloo, IA plant during the pandemic. Powder & Bulk Solids reported that two workers from Tyson’s Columbus Junction, IA plant have died as a result of coronavirus infections.