Some unsung heroes of the pandemic are finally able to get some rest after working 28 days straight.
These are not healthcare workers — they are the factory workers who make the much needed PPE supplies for hospitals.
In a time when there may not be as much to celebrate, these essential workers at Braskem America in Marcus Hook are relishing every second of this particular moment — clocking out for the first time in 28 days.
More than 40 workers unanimously decided to leave their families, agreeing to eat, sleep and live at the facility where they make equipment for healthcare workers. The team worked 12-hour shifts.
The group was split among two shifts to make polypropylene, a non-woven fiber used to make N95 masks, hospital gowns, and sanitary wipes.
“We’ve almost been the lucky ones, I’ll say, for the last 28 days because I haven’t had to stand six feet from somebody. I haven’t had to put a mask on,” supervisor Joe Boyce said.
The workers will get an entire week off before returning to a normal shift. Everyone involved will be receiving a raise.
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