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Today we highlight a story by CBS News’ Nancy Cordez, who investigates safety complaints from workers at Briggs & Stratton in Milwaukee. The family of 45-year-old Mike Jackson alleges he died of COVID-19 after working a mandatory overtime shift under unsafe conditions at the engine factory.
“Six current Briggs & Stratton workers told CBS News the company required them to work face to face on the assembly line and that managers rarely wore masks,” Cordez reports. “In mid-April, a month before his death, Jackson and his co-workers walked off the line to protest the lack of safety equipment but say that brought little change. Briggs & Stratton only began requiring its employees to wear masks this week due to a statewide mandate in Wisconsin.”
Briggs & Stratton told CBS News: “We do not force anyone to come to work if they aren’t feeling well … nor do we penalize them.”
The concerns come as Senate Republicans are pushing legislation in Congress that would shield employers from liability if workers or customers are exposed to the coronavirus.
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