The results of the investigation four COVID-19 deaths from the Los Angeles garment employees of the County of Los Angeles Department of public health (DPH) has ordered the continued closure of the downtown Los Angeles clothing manufacturer – an offshoot of American apparel, which now has more than 300 confirmed cases of the virus among its employees.
POPS originally shut down operations at the plant on June 27 after the discovery of egregious violations of mandatory orders of the public health infection control and after the company failed to cooperate with the investigation angle as reported COVID-19 flash. Ordering on Friday instructed the permanent closure of this facility and performs a number of actions aimed at the mandate of this company to adhere to orders of health.
“The deaths of four specialized working clothes is heartbreaking and tragic,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director of the County of Los Angeles public health. “Business owners and operators of corporate, moral and social responsibility for its employees and their families to provide a safe working environment that adheres to all sanitary doctor of the Directive is a responsibility, it is important, now more than ever as we continue to fight this deadly virus.”
Three of these tragic incidents occurred in early June and one death occurred in early July. POPS the investigation of these deaths in July, immediately upon learning of the death.
“Our top priority is the safety of all employees and members of their families, and the Department will continue to actively monitor Los Angeles clothing and other manufacturing jobs to fully implement infection control and distancing of the safety requirements in the workplace for all employees,” said Ferrer. ”Our Department is moving to accelerate our response to these situations, and we need full cooperation from the business community.”
“It’s heartbreaking to hear about the death of a worker in Los Angeles clothing. We hope this raises awareness about the urgent need to protect workers, and workers know they have rights,” said Marissa Nuncio, Director of the Center for a tailor. “We call on all workers to call the hotline of the Department of health to report unsafe conditions and giving workers know that we are here as a resource to help them find solutions for their well-being during the pandemic.”
The ISP was notified the concerned doctor about the possible outbreak at the plant on June 19. Advance angle immediately start the outbreak investigation, working with the company to determine the extent of the outbreak and material resources to ensure the safety of the employee. In an immediate response, the Department has requested from the company a list of all employees to compare it with the results of the testing advance angle. This is a crucial tool for determining the degree of potential outbreaks, because it allows the ISP to employees in the list of the CPP is confirmed positive or negative COVID-19 individuals received from the laboratories. The company was unable to provide a list after several requests. This week, the company reported 151 cases.
On June 26, the inspectors conducted a site inspection and observed multiple violations of the requirements of distancing and protocols on infection control. This included the use of cardboard as a barrier between the workers.
Based on the website visits, but because society still has not submitted the complete list of employees in the Department of health has issued a health Department order on June 27 closing the plant until all safety and infection protocols were performed to ensure the safety of employees. The company was provided with detailed instructions on steps that should be taken in order to reopen the plant.
The 4th of July, the Department received an incomplete list of all employees with 198 reported positive results. POPS used an incomplete list of employees to compare the results directly to the ISP laboratories reporting. Then the ISP was able to establish that as of July 10 occurred more than 300 positive cases on the spot.
July 7, the Department of health sent a letter informing the company that only employees who tested positive on or before June 26, go back to work if they have been without fever for three days without the use of fever-reducing medications (e.g. tylenol, motrin, Ibuprofen or Advil) and their symptoms resolved. The health officer that ordered the company closed on the spot.
Then Los Angeles broke the clothes of the Department of health the procedure of opening, apparently, a new person that POPS found out, despite attempts by Los Angeles clothing to employees to prevent POPS from entering the factory. On 9 July, the health issued a Directive ordering the Los Angeles clothing again to stop their activities and specific actions needed before the order can be canceled.
At this time in the Los Angeles apparel ordered to remain closed until they can show that the facility is in full compliance with the mandates in the field of public health.
Department of environmental health, public health is improving its regular process unscheduled inspections to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, including compliance with COVID-19 protocols on the sewing production and manufacturing food businesses.
Employers are required to report to the ISP when there are three or more cases COVID-19 confirmed in the workplace.
POPS hotline for people to report unsafe work conditions. Employees are encouraged to call (888) 700-9995 about the problems and violations. Messages can be anonymous and there will be no questions about personal information, including immigration status.