“They will fire you,” Newsom told CBS News’ Nancy Cordes. “He got four young kids he have to take care of. So he go to work sick.”
Six current Briggs & Stratton workers told CBS News the company required them to work face to face on the assembly line and that managers rarely wore masks. In mid-April, a month before his death, Jackson and his co-workers walked off the line to protest the lack of safety equipment but say that brought little change. Briggs & Stratton only began requiring its employees to wear masks this week due to a statewide mandate in Wisconsin.
Federal safety regulators are investigating the workers’ complaints.
“The company doesn’t care whether we live or die,” Jackson’s coworker Chance Zombor said.