OSHA Levies $3.9M in COVID-19 Workplace Fines
OSHA inspectors have levied $3.9 million in fines against U.S. employers since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Through Dec. 31, 2020, OSHA inspectors have issued citations that resulted from 300 inspections for violations related to the coronavirus.
That’s up from the $3.4 million in fines inspectors assessed through the end of November.
Through early October, the agency levied a total of $1.2 million in fines, a number that has now more than tripled.
The main violations inspectors have cited relate to:
- Employers failing to implement a written respiratory protection program
- Neglecting to provide a medical evaluation and training on the proposer use of a respirator and personal protective equipment
- Failing to report an illness, injury, or fatality and record that injury or illness on OSHA recordkeeping forms
- Not complying with OSHA’s general duty clause
OSHA previously announced citations filed against 62 establishments, with many of the businesses related to healthcare and long-term care.
Among them are long-term care facilities in Arlington Heights, Ill., and in Manchester, N.H., that each face over $20,000 in fines related to failures to provide workers training and instruction in the use of respiratory equipment.
The agency provides a full list of what standards it cited for each establishment, including the inspection number.
In addition, here is an OSHA standards database.
For more information, contact CBIA’s Phillip Montgomery (860.244.1982).
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