OSHA investigates Silver Bay Seafoods over worker abuse claims

Puerto Rico workers alleged poor food and housing as well as mental and physical abuse.

The flood of wild salmon overwhelmed Alaska processors, who were also scrambling to find workers after the H-2B visa limit was reached. The H-2B program allows US firms to hire temporary workers from overseas.

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This pressure allegedly led to claims of workplace health and safety issues at Naknek-based Silver Bay Seafoods processing plant, which OSHA is investigating, according to KDLG.

One worker from Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello Nevares, said three unnamed former workers experienced long hours, poor food and housing and experienced mental and physical abuse, according to El Nuevo Dia.

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