Employees say death at work didn’t stop Topeka Frito-Lay production, but company claims otherwise – Wichita, Kansas

Wichita, Kansas 2021-07-22 13:33:34 –

Topeka, Kansas (KSNT) – Two employees claim that work continues normally after someone dies on the production line at Frito-Lay’s Topeka plant, but what happened to the company? Has another explanation.

Reports of deaths on the production line surfaced while Frito-Lay workers went on strike for a better working environment. After protesting for 17 days, the union reached a tentative agreement with the company on Wednesday night. Members have not yet voted to affirm it. Many strike workers say they want the New Deal to solve problems such as forced overtime and lack of salary increases.

During the strike, which began on July 5, workers are holding a sign opposite the Topika Frito-Lay factory. (KSNT photo)

Some staff also made claims that emphasized the workplace situation that led to the strike.

In an opinion piece written by Frito-Lay employee Cheri Renfro in a local newspaper, she I wrote that my colleague fell and died, And at the factory, staff moved and another employee was assigned to the production line. Another worker and local union steward, Mark McCarter, confirmed Renfro’s description. The person told Vice News that he had died on the heart attack production line. He also mentioned another case in which a former colleague committed suicide after returning home.

“It can be said that many people have had a heart attack in the heat of Frito-Lay since I came here. A man died a few years ago and the company picked him up and picked him up. He moved him to the side and put another person in his place without stopping the business for two seconds. For those who had a heart attack at work or who went back to the barn and shot or hung their heads. For that reason, he seems to go to the funeral once a year. “

Frito-Lay employee Mark McCarter on side news

KSNT News contacted Renfro about his death at work, but she didn’t respond. When KSNT asked McCarter about his death on the production line, he was accurate in Renfro’s description and also mentioned a colleague who went home and committed suicide.

“I have a personal person,” McCarter said. “His name is Ronnie, and he went home and hung himself many years ago, so when I see stupidity, it personally offends me. The company doesn’t tell the truth,” Hey, this really happened, what he says is true “, it offends me. But I’ve heard the company say, “I don’t know what they’re talking about. This is the first time I’ve heard this.” “

Frito-Lay told KSNT News that it has recognized two workplace deaths instead of one in the last five years. However, according to the company, neither case continued to operate normally in the factory, and employees were not declared dead in the building. According to Frito-Lay, all work stopped until the two employees were taken out of the factory to a local hospital.

“In the event of an accident requiring medical treatment, work will be discontinued and the area will be cleared for the safety of individuals and other employees in the field who require medical treatment. Associates refer to which incident in the editorial. It’s unclear if this is the case, but in the last five years an individual has experienced an emergency at the factory and unfortunately only two have died. In both cases, the factory initially provided medical treatment. It was done and work was stopped until the employee safely went to the hospital. ”


Renfro did not mention a second death in her editorial. When KSNT News asked McCarter about Frito-Lay’s statement on the treatment of deaths at work, he said it was not true. He then added that police had come and removed the body from the scene.

Union members vote New interim agreement with Frito-Lay on Friday.

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