Warehouse Workers for Justice Celebrates Step Toward Accountability in Food Warehouses from OSHA and Department of Labor Following Death at Rich's Products
Following the tragic, preventable workplace death of 42 year-old temporary worker Adewale Ogunyemi, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), has fined Rich Products Corporation $145,027 in penalties. Further, OSHA’s Region 5 has also placed the company in OSHA’s Severe Violator Program, recognizing the company’s “extensive history of OSHA violations nationwide.”
Warehouse Workers for Justice is glad to see that Rich Products has been fined and classified as a severe violator of health and safety measures, something workers on the ground have known for far too long. While we celebrate this development as a good step forward, we will continue to support workers at Rich Products and at all other warehouses who want to speak up about working conditions without fear of retaliation and come together to create a better future for themselves and their families.
Warehouse Workers for Justice will continue fighting to hold negligent companies like Rich Products accountable and we will continue the fight to ensure that immigrant, temporary workers like Adewale Ogunyemi have real lasting power in their workplaces.
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