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5 Michigan businesses cited for COVID-19 workplace safety violations

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Posted at 11:42 PM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 23:42:52-05

(WXYZ) — The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited five more businesses for COVID-19 workplace safety violations.

The violations were under MIOSHA's "general duty" clause that requires an employer to provide a workplace free from recognized hazards that are causing, or likely to cause, death or serious physical harm to the employee.

MIOSHA says the citation carries a fine of up to $7,000.

The cited companies will have 15 working days from receipt of the MIOSHA citations to contest the violations and penalties. The citations include suggestions to fix the hazards to protect employees, which employers must provide proof of.

The latest MIOSHA citations were issued to the below companies for a serious violation of the general duty clause for the following issues:

  • Kroger Fuel Center in Roseville was fined $6,300 for violations of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements, including not developing an infectious disease preparedness and response plan, not informing employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace, not developing and enforcing policies and procedures for employees to report when they are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, not conducting daily in-person or virtual health checks of workers as they report to work, and not ensuring that employees wore a cloth face covering as a measure to contain the wearer's respiratory droplets and help protect their co-workers. The inspection was initiated in response to an employee complaint, view the full citation document
  • Integrity Business Solutions LLC in Grand Rapids, MI was fined $3,500 for violations of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements including not developing a preparedness and response plan, the lack of training for employees, not conducting daily in-person or virtual health checks or have employees self-monitor and no face coverings when employees were within six feet of each other. The inspection was initiated from the programmed inspection list, view the full citation document
  • International Wholesale in Allen Park, MI was fined $3,500 for violations of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements including the lack of a preparedness and response plan and failing to conduct the daily health screening including a questionnaire. The inspection was initiated in response to an employee complaint, view the full citation document
  • Marvin S. Taylor DDSPC dba Dr Taylors Family Dental Center in Waterford, MI was fined $2,100 for violations of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements including not using proper personal protective equipment such as gowns or protective clothing and face shield while performing tasks likely to generate splashing or spattering of body fluids, not installing physical barriers at the reception area, not ensuring patients have donned their own face covering and provide a facemask if supplies are adequate, not screening all dental healthcare personnel for COVID-19 symptoms and taking their temperature, not developing an infectious disease preparedness and response plan, not providing COVID-19 training to employees, and not posting visual alerts at the entrance and in strategic places to provide instructions about hand and respiratory hygiene and wearing a cloth face covering or face mask. The employer was also cited for not requiring respiratory protection. The inspection was initiated in response to an employee complaint, view the full citation document
  • Andy’s Pizza Inc. in Jackson, MI was fined $1,000 for violations of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements including not developing an infectious disease preparedness and response plan, not training employees on COVID-19, not conducting daily in-person or virtual health checks, not requiring face coverings when social distancing could not be maintained, and not posting signs at the store entrance. Total penalties including other workplace violations were $3,000. The inspection was initiated in response to an employee complaint, view the full citation document

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