Candle factory survivors speak up, stay vigilant

A candle factory in Kentucky experienced devastation on Friday. In disastrous tornado, a Mayfield County factory that supplies candles to giant retailers collapsed, with more than 100 workers inside. Employees said they were unable to leave for several hours before the storm hit. If they do, they could lose their jobs. However, a company spokesman said that was not true.

8 employees did not survive. Many people attended a vigil for the staff. A worker, Scarlett Sears said at the vigil, “It’s great for the people who made it but it’s heartbreaking for everything else, Mayfield, MCP, all of that, heartbreaking.” Scarlett added that she hasn’t seen her colleague since Friday. Another plant employee, Haley Candor, said that after the initial storm siren, employees went to shelter. However, about 30 minutes later they were back to work “as usual”.

Candle factory workers inside the warehouse during the storm

Candor shares her experience staying inside the warehouse during a storm. “Some of us know nothing,” she said. “Unless the family called us and let us know… we had absolutely no idea it was going to happen to us.” Candor said staffers took shelter again when the storm made landfall around 9 p.m., and she was in the bathroom when she was hit. Candor explains: “I looked up and the ceiling was giving way, like the ocean was coming towards me. She said the wreckage trapped Candor for about an hour afterward.

Hundreds of people were present at the vigil. In addition, all employees are now counted. Five factory employees told NBC News management said they will most likely be fired if they leave. “If you leave, you are more likely to get fired.” This is what one employee, McKayla Emery overheard a manager say. Emery added, “I heard it with my own ears.” Another employee, Elijah Johnson, had a similar experience. “I asked to leave, and they told me I was going to be fired,” Johnson told NBC. Johnson added that even with the weather situation, managers are telling him his job is to stay at home. risk.

The spokesperson said that employees are free to leave

However, Mayfield Consumer Products spokesman Bob Ferguson said employees were not threatened about their jobs. Ferguson said of the claims, “Not true. This is a great pair of things that do not waver. We followed our protocols precisely. Employees, if they decide they want to quit, they are free to leave.” Ferguson also welcomes any investigation. “In such a dire situation, our regulators need to rethink these things,” he said. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said that state investigators will examine the property.

Beshear said at a news conference that the investigation “should not reveal any wrongdoing.” Beshear continued, “But what it’s going to make people believe is that we’re going to get to the bottom of what happened.” The governor also said, “Everybody has to live up to certain standards in terms of both the law, safety, and being decent human beings. I hope people live up to those standards. “

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Brian Ashcraft

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