U.S. issues first Covid-19 fine to meatpacking plant totaling $13,500

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued its first Covid-19-related citation at a meatpacking plant on Thursday by proposing a $13,494 penalty on Smithfield Packaged Meats Corp. in Sioux Falls, S.D.

OSHA, part of the Labor Department, says the company failed to protect its employees from the coronavirus.

Worker advocates have been pressing for more attention and protections to address the risks faced by vulnerable populations — including farm and meatpacking labor — to…

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