Concern about keeping Hoosier workforce safe as businesses reopen

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Concern about keeping Hoosier workforce safe as businesses reopen By Network Indiana – May 9, 2020 0 284 Facebook WhatsApp (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana businesses began emerging from lockdown Monday, with more coming up next week. Indiana’s unions say they want to make sure workers are protected when they do.Indiana State Building and Construction Trades Council executive director Pete Rimsans says the Holcomb administration has done a good job creating safety guidelines for different industries. But he says the state needs to go further and spell out the specifics of what businesses need to do to protect workers from coronavirus. He says the local barbershop or nail salon isn’t likely to have an industrial hygienist on staff. And even large factories with experience in occupational safety regulations are more accustomed to preventing accidents than infections.Coronavirus precautions have prompted some improvisation in Indiana workplaces which have stayed open through the shutdown. United Auto Workers and United Steelworkers locals in South Bend and Lake County say they’ve worked with management on safety protocols, but disinfectant and masks are still hard to come by, especially the N-95 masks being steered to medical workers.United Steelworkers Local 1066 president Mark Lash says U-S Steel Gary Works had to make its own disinfecting wipes with bleach, water and paper towels after burning through its supplies.South Bend Senator David Niezgodski (D) says companies which don’t have enough face coverings for everyone shouldn’t be allowed to reopen till they do. And Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) says he’s concerned the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration doesn’t have enough manpower to investigate hundreds of complaints tied to coronavirus precautions.A state marketplace opened Wednesday to help companies get sanitizer and face shields, though not medical-grade masks. Niezgodski says a limit of 10-thousand supply bundles the first week is “woefully inadequate,” even as a backstop for shortages on the open market. Previous articleIndiana Dunes, other state parks to resume collecting entrance feesNext articleElderly man found dead near capsized boat in Berrien County lake Network Indiana Google+ Facebook Twitter Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Pinterestlast_img read more

Davis, Egbert, Williams clinch Red River Tour crowns

first_imgCory Davis reigned as IMCA Modified champion in the second annual Red River Tour. (Photo by Stacy Kolar, Southern Sass Photography) Williams’ father Gary only needed to start the feature to collect enough points to win the champion­ship. Gary ended up spinning out during the feature, but the race stayed green. He limped a broken machine across the finish line to clinch the championship by five points over Ab­bey. The Stock Car feature came down to a photo finish after it looked like Abbey had checked out on the field. In almost every single corner, O’Neil would double up with Johnson, but couldn’t find the momen­tum to do so until a few laps later. A caution flag reset the field before Jeff Taylor took his ma­chine to second.  Feature Results  Egbert and Shane Hartline avoided getting caught up in any SportMod entanglements. Hartline threw the kitchen sink at the leader but Egbert held on, grabbing his second win of the week along with the tour championship.  By Jackson Braun Throughout the Modified pack, three- and four-wide racing was common as the racers fought for position. Up front, Travis Johnson and O’Neil raced around the high side of the speedway and O’Neil attempted to find a way around Johnson. Nobody was able to touch O’Neil, however, as the decision to Ardmore paid off for the Arizona native, already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, with a $1,500 payday.center_img Champions were Cory Davis in the Modifieds, Egbert and Gary Williams, Stock Cars. ARDMORE, Okla. (May 31) – The finale to the second edition of the Lone Star Super Gas IMCA Red River Modified Tour presented by Smiley’s Racing Products provided a lot of action as the racing events unfolded on the Southern Oklahoma Speedway. Stock Cars – 1. Jeffrey Abbey; 2. Shelby Williams; 3. Brandon Hood; 4. Westin Abbey; 5. Bryan Schutt; 6. Brent Cargal; 7. George Egbert; 8. Dennis Bissonnette; 9. Aaron Benedict; 10. Justin Graves; 11. Charlie Brown; 12. Lee Cranford; 13. Lee Riley; 14. Gary Williams; 15. Drew Garcia; 16. Vernon Owens. Seemingly out of nowhere, 11th starting Shelby Williams cruised on the low side of the speedway. He dipped his nose underneath Abbey and they raced side-by-side for the last few laps. At the line, Abbey was able to hold on and go back-to-back in the IMCA Stock Cars on the tour.  IMCA Modifieds – 1. Jake O’Neil; 2. Jeff Taylor; 3. Brint Hartwick; 4. Matt Guillaume; 5. Travis Johnson; 6. Cory Davis; 7. Jeffrey Abbey; 8. Riley Simmons; 9. David Goode Jr.; 10. Josh McGaha; 11. William Gould; 12. Tyler Stevens; 13. Eric Tomlinson; 14. Fred Wojtek; 15. Chris Morris; 16. Chris Bragg; 17. Beau Begnaud; 18. Kevin Green; 19. Jason Hunter; 20. Mark Carrell; 21. Jeramie Cox; 22. Travis Bragg, Duncan; 23. Larry Adams; 24. Jeff Hoegh; 25. Brandon Hood; 26. Chad Melton; 27. Jerad Herring; 28. Chris Elliott; 29. John Gober; 30. Michael Ables; 31. P.J. Egbert. Feature winners on the fifth and final night of the tour were Jake O’Neil, IMCA Modifieds; Trevor Egbert, Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods; and Jeffrey Abbey, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars.  Southern SportMods – 1. Trevor Egbert; 2. Shane Hartline; 3. Don Reid; 4. Kevin Rowland; 5. Casey Brunson; 6. Cullen Hill; 7. Brandon Watson; 8. Kasey Kuykendall; 9. Chad Reid; 10. Don­nie Hix; 11. Kaden Honeycutt; 12. Trevor Raney; 13. David Bolf; 14. Taylor Florio; 15. Josh Cournoyer; 16. Tate Butler; 17. Devin Chambers; 18. Kamera McDonald; 19. Chris Florio; 20. Jimmie Wright; 21. Bobby Davis II; 22. Tyler Bragg; 23. Kyle Wilkins; 24. Brayden Wyatt; 25. Blaine Shives; 26. Chase Vineyard; 27. Case Penrod; 28. Jay Wells.last_img read more