When someone witnesses another person in distress or severely hurt, the first reaction is usually to seek help for that person, however, one manufacturing plant worker was fired for doing just that.
Michele Butler-Savage was terminated from the Lone Star Western Beef plant in West Virginia after she called 911 when one of her co-workers was seriously injured on the job, the New York Daily News reports.
A saw severed part of Chris Crane’s thumb back in 2014, and when Butler-Savage started to call 911 for him, the plant’s owner John M. Bachman allegedly ordered her to hang up the phone. He then picked up the missing piece of Crane’s thumb and tasked a supervisor with taking him to the emergency room.
The United States Department of Labor has since gotten involved and filed a lawsuit against Bachman on Thursday.
Following the unfortunate mishap, Bachman allegedly didn’t bother to properly sanitize the blood splattered areas. He reportedly just threw out the slab of meat Crane had been cutting at the time of the incident.
Butler-Savage reached out to the U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector to report her concerns about how the accident was being handled. Two days later, she was fired. Bachman first said that it was her slow production that led to her termination, but later referred to the “lawsuits pending against him.”
After being fired for simply trying to do the right thing, Butler-Savage filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
“No worker should have to fear retaliation from their employer for calling 911 in an emergency, or taking other action to report a workplace safety or health incident,” said OSHA regional administrator Richard Mendelson.
OSHA then requested that the company and Bachman be ordered to pay back wages and punitive damages to Butler-Savage.
Lone Star Western Beef ended up shutting down after the whole ordeal, but has reportedly relocated to Reading, Pennsylvania.
We can only hope that this experience has made Bachman see the error of his ways so that his new employees never have to endure the mistreatment that Crane and Butler-Savage did.
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