Boeing Worker Dies From Coronavirus

A worker at Boeing’s Everett plant has died after becoming infected with the novel coronavirus. The death is the first recorded among Boeing’s employees, and comes as the first worker at their South Carolina plant tests positive for COVID-19.

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A worker at Boeing’s Everett plant has died. Photo: Getty

Boeing worker dies from COVID-19 infection

A Boeing employee who had tested positive for COVID-19 has sadly died. The person, who has not yet been officially named out of respect for his family, was working on the 787 Dreamliner production facility in Everett, Washington.

The employee is reported by the Seattle Times to be involved in overseeing unfinished work on aircraft that had moved from the factory to the flight line. He was also noted to be a shop steward and a member of the International Association of Machinists (IAM) workers union.

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He had been in intensive care since last week, and on Saturday his brother posted a plea on Facebook for Boeing to close to stop the spread of the virus. In the post, his brother said,

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“Boeing (sp) Everett plant please close your doors and shut down please my brother Elton Washington has worked at 27 years, he is on life-support please shut down now.”

Sadly, last night, this was followed up by a further post noting that the worker had passed away.

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A subsequent post made just hours ago again called upon Boeing to close, saying,

“Please Seattle pacific northwest I’m in Vegas will you please make Boeing shut it down close their doors Everett plant my brother Elton Washington has died from working at Boeing plant The virus is there in Everett How can they value money over my brother’s life, I know beautiful Seattle do something please please I’m begging.”

The Boeing company told the New York Times it was aware of the social media posts and was seeking to verify the situation.

Another worker tests positive at Boeing

Just this morning, another Boeing employee has tested positive for COVID-19, as reported by Live 5 News. This time, the affected employee worked at the Charleston, South Carolina plant, and has become the first to test positive at this location so far.

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Charleston reported its first case of COVID-19 today. Photo: Boeing

Spokesperson Libba Holland made a statement to Live 5, saying that the worker was now in quarantine and getting the necessary treatments for their recovery. She went on to say,

“We have notified our teammates, are conducting thorough cleaning of the work areas and common spaces, and are following the advice of public health officials.”

Coworkers of the affected worker have been asked to self-isolate.

Should Boeing close?

As reported in the Seattle Times, a total of 29 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been recorded among Boeing employees company-wide. Of these, 24 were in the Puget Sound area and five were out of state. In total, these are made up of 17 in Everett, five in Renton, one in Auburn and one at the HQ in Longacres.

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Should the Boeing factories close? Photo: Getty

Currently, some Boeing workers have called on Boeing to close its factories, and many have chosen to stay home without salary. For some, however, the paycheck is vital to their families and, as such, they have carried on working. It is for this reason that so far the union has stood back from calling for a shutdown.

What do you think? Should Boeing close its factories in light of the current situation, or should workers willing to continue be allowed to earn the money they need? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Flyer

I think Boeing should continue their factory. I know it is sad and I was shocked to but Boeing shouldn't give up. The planes they build are beautiful and I don't want to lose them or the production of the Boeing planes. It will be very sad to lose first… Read more »

Ross

Sorry for the loss of anyone. Too bad this guy tried to blame President Trump for his brothers death. Can’t the Trump haters stop at nothing.

Megastopheles

Closing factories = Economic devastation for those that work there. Hello? …. Yes, this is tragic for the families that have sustained losses. The company closing doors could cause it to fail… causing a GENERATION of poverty for 1000’s of families who work here. Simple Flying is site that has… Read more »

Worried

Mower salary workers at Boeing have the option to work from home and not in danger. IAM Union employees do not have the option of working from home. Boeing absolutely has to shut down Everett to stop the spread at least for 2-4 weeks. Boeing says they care about worker… Read more »

Lily

Everyone who says their loved ones need to stay at Boeing for the salary is an idiot. Boeing will still be there in 2-4 weeks, and you won’t have risked your family or your community by being so selfish. Your hairdresser isn’t getting a paycheck, or your favorite waitress, but… Read more »

David

They should shut the doors I work at Boeing and they have 32 confirmed cases now and they have no care in the world for our safety and our lives they only care about the money

Bowss123

They should shut the doors I work at Boeing and they have 32 confirmed cases now and they have no care in the world for our safety and our lives they only care about the money

Frank Elias

Close now please. Thank you

Richard

Everything can’t grind to a halt because someone died. More will, it’s sad, but that’s reality. The virus will be with us for a long time. They could close up shop now but when they reopen there will be workers that would still get infected. Focus on protecting people with… Read more »

JFP

Those who want Boeing to close will likely soon get their wish. Permanently. From the 1920’s, when government interference in his company cause Bill Boeing to walk away from it, the U.S. has been scared to death of Boeing to the point of wanting to k**l it. Even during WWII,… Read more »

Chris

I see from another article on this website that Airbus is reopening their factory in Spain (a major hotspot right now) and there is none of the hysteria about whether they should be open.

Megastopheles

Any employee can stay home if they feel it is too risky to work, excused. Boeing has been quarantining anyone who has come in contact with suspected infected people and sending them home paid. Any salaried workers that can, are working remotely. There is a widespread cleaning program to sanitize… Read more »

Megastopheles

Boeing is commencing a shutdown of all production operations in the Puget Sound starting Wednesday. I hope that we survive as a company. I foresee huge layoff coming for most of us. I hope that makes all happy..

Tomas Weissbarth

Great way to keep the name out of the press out of respect for the family! (#sarcasm). On a positive note, what needs to be done, is to test and give the workers PAID SICK LEAVE whether they are sent home because of preventive quarantine and especially those who have… Read more »