When a tornado hit Mayfield, KY, Friday night, workers at the Mayfield Consumer Products plant thought about leaving and heading for the safety of their homes.
However, supervisors at the factory have threatened to fire workers if they leave. NBC News report up to 15 employees asked managers to let them weather the storm at home, only if their request was denied — plus threatened with termination.
Some left anyway. Others, including Kyanna Parsons-Perez, Are not. When the tornado hit the roof of the factory, it killed eight people and left Parsons-Perez under five-foot-thick debris.
Parsons-Perez, who has been at the factory for just over a month, told Business Insider How “everything just fell on her” while she was at work Friday night.
“I was suddenly stuck under a lot of debris,” Parsons-Perez said. “What really hurt was my body was in a very awkward position, there was a fountain on top of my legs. It got them crushed. “
Parsons-Perez added that the pain was so unbearable that after a while she couldn’t feel her legs and she started panicking. However, she managed to calm an unconscious colleague.
According to Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, several tornadoes have made landfall in the state, killing 74 people. In addition to the Bluegrass state, tornadoes also hit Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee.
McKayla Emery told NBC News from her hospital bed that workers began asking to leave around 5:30 p.m. when tornado alarms began to sound outside the plant. She added that she decided to stay and earn overtime, but supervisors and team leaders have told workers if they leave it could jeopardize their careers.
“If you leave, you’re more likely to get fired,” Emery heard managers tell four workers standing near her, who had asked to leave. “I heard it with my own ears.”
Parsons-Perez also posted a video on Facebook with her in the dark, trying to calm those around him while also trying to calm himself by focusing on her birthday which is Saturday. Parsons-Perez added that she regrets going to work because her birthday is the next day and her employer “knows the weather,” which should have warned workers to stay home.
In addition to knocking down a factory roof, the tornado damaged cars in its parking lot and comes at a time when holiday shopping is already tough – prices are falling. increase about everything.
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