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Labor group donates eye protection

Staff Report

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia and Appalachian Laborers’ District Council continued its community assistance amid the COVID-19 pandemic by donating eye protection to the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.

The donation consisted of 30 pairs of safety glasses and three pairs of safety goggles.

“Eyes are an entryway for diseases, so it is critical to protect your eyes during this time,” said Craig Harvey, Business Manager of the West Virginia and Appalachian Laborers’ District Council.

Last week, the Wood County Sheriff’s Office contacted the West Virginia Laborers’ Training Center seeking ideas on where to find eye protection. Since eye protection is required in multiple classes, the training center had its own supply that it could donate as classes are currently suspended for the safety of its trainees.

“This eye protection adds an extra layer of defense for the men and women of the Wood County Sheriff’s Office where COVID-19 is just one of the dangers they protect against,” said Ross McPherson, Administrator of the West Virginia Laborers’ Training Center.

“The Wood County Sheriff’s Office thanks the West Virginia Laborers for their tremendous support,” said LT J.T. Murphy of the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.

Earlier this week, the West Virginia and Appalachian Laborers’ District Council donated personal protective equipment such as masks, suits, gloves and disinfectant to WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center.

“It means a lot to us to have the supplies to help the Wood County Sheriff’s Office and health care workers who are going above and beyond during this crisis,” said Jessie King, President of the West Virginia and Appalachian Laborers’ District Council and Business Manager of Laborers’ Local 1085.

The Laborers’ International Union of North America Mid-Atlantic Region represents more than 40,000 people in the construction industry in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, Virginia and North Carolina.

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