ALBANY, Oregon. – One of eight workers at the Albany National Frozen Foods processing plant spoke to KEZI, describing the workplace as unsafe and poorly protected.
Fear of retaliation – the employee chose to remain anonymous, but what he shared portrayed an image of neglect on the part of the processing plant.
“They didn’t even bother to call to see if we are still alive,” he said of himself and the other seven people living with the virus.
A total of eight workers tested positive for the virus
Albany’s site deals with frozen vegetables, and our source says those closest to the food are not at all protected.
“The only people who got masks were the packers – the people who put the bags in the box; not the people who handle the food, touch it and look at the food, “he said.
The plant employs nearly 300 people, all of whom were sent home on Friday, while the plant says they were cleaning the facilities thoroughly.
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“They said they were working with the health service to disinfect the place … well … no, you don’t work with anyone … you got caught,” said the employee.
The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration said it was investigating National Frozen Foods.
The employee said that he and others had reported complaints to their union representative, but nothing came of it.
“I have seen people sneeze and blow their nose while standing over the product. I mean, it’s ridiculous, “he said.
He also said that the face shields used – were shared.
“When you are finished with (the shield), you put it in a barrel of soap and water, then someone comes to remove it and put it on his face. “
The plant closed on Friday for a thorough cleanup, telling employees that they would be paid during free time.