workplace safety

The past few months have weighed heavily on Edgar Fields. He has been meeting with workers at chicken processing plants across Georgia and in nearby states. His union represents them, and many have become sick. Some have died.

"You know, you lay in the bed and you can't sleep because stuff is on your mind? I've got to do this. I've got to do that," he says. "That's what I wake up in every morning thinking, 'What can I do to protect my members to where they have a safe work environment to go to?' "

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, speaks during a meet-and-greet with local residents, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Cresco, Iowa.
Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press

As more parts of the economy begin to reopen, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) wants to make sure workers have recourse if they don’t feel safe at their jobs.

Abigail Hazlett talks about concerns she has about returning to her job at a telemarketing office.
Dan Konik / Ohio Public Radio

After being shut down as non-essential in March, retail stores can join other businesses in Ohio starting Tuesday, operating with new restrictions to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. However, some workers say they’re worried about going back.

When is it safe for people to go back to work?

That's the question both employers and workers are asking, as businesses around the country start to open doors shuttered by the coronavirus.

Workers want assurances they aren't putting themselves at risk. And employers want to know they won't be sued if workers get sick.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says liability protection for employers must be included in the next round of pandemic relief legislation.

Lt. Gov.-elect Jon Husted speaks with Gov.-elect Mike DeWine looking on.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Ohio's stay-at-home order is now in effect and many non-essential businesses are closed. However, there are still a number of businesses that remain open, which could raise concerns for workers. 

Licking County Sheriff
Debbie Holmes

A worker in Licking County died Monday morning after a trench collapsed.

After serving five years in the Navy, Tyler Dunn has returned home to Hickman, Ken. These days, if he isn't at work at the local liquor store or completing assignments for a business degree, you might find him shadowed by one of several stray cats he saved from a parking lot.

It's hard to reconcile this image of Dunn — military veteran, serious student and sensitive pet owner — with another fact about his life. Nearly 10 years ago, he was fired by Tyson Foods, in Union City, Tenn., for animal cruelty.

U.S. Navy/John Page / Flickr

A Stark County company has come up with a glove that's resistant to fentanyl — one of the drugs that first responders have increasingly been exposed to when treating opioid overdose victims.

Proteins
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We've all heard that protein is crucial for healthy bones and muscles, but Americans eat too much of it. It turns out that claim may be overblown, but high-protein diets might not be the best weight-loss solution for everyone either. Today we'll discuss the role protein plays in the diet, how drinking can impact heart health and a new report on deaths in the workplace.

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