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Eight additional Michigan workplaces cited for COVID-19 violations

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Posted at 5:15 PM, Jan 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-09 17:15:38-05

(WXYZ) — Eight additional Michigan workplaces have been cited with violations for failing to protect workers and take safety precautions, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration said.

The MIOSHA general duty clause requires an employer to provide a workplace that is free from recognized hazards that are causing, or are likely to cause, death or serious physical harm to the employee. A general duty clause citation carries a fine of up to $7,000.

MIOSHA's enforcement divisions conducted on-site inspections that determined eight employers allegedly committed violations by failing to implement necessary precautions to protect employees from contracting COVID-19.

On-site inspections conducted by MIOSHA’s general industry and construction industry enforcement divisions determined eight employers allegedly committed violations by failing to implement necessary precautions to protect employees from contracting COVID-19.

Deficiencies included a lack of health screenings, face coverings, employee training, cleaning measures and overall preparedness plans.

The eight citations were issued to these companies for the following issues:

  • Memphis Fire Department in Memphis, MI was fined $2,100 for violations of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements under the general duty clause including not developing an infectious disease preparedness and response plan that helps guide protective actions against COVID-19; not providing COVID-19 training to employees; not conducting daily in-person or virtual health checks of employees before they entered the facility; and not ensuring that employees wore a cloth face covering. The inspection was initiated in response to an employee complaint, view the full citation document.
  • At Home Stores in Roseville, Michigan, was fined $7,000 for violations of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements under the general duty clause including not developing an infectious disease preparedness and response plan that can guide protective actions against COVID-19 and not conducting daily in-person or virtual health checks of employees before they entered the facility. The inspection was initiated in response to an employee complaint, view the full citation document.
  • Autozone in Davison, Michigan, was fined $4,000 for violations of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements under the general duty clause including not developing an infectious disease preparedness and response plan, not requiring employees to wear cloth face coverings and not requiring employees to social distance. The inspection was initiated in response to an employee complaint, view the full citation document.
  • Daner’s Diner in Lapeer, Michigan, was fined $1,900 for violations of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements under the emergency rules including not developing an infectious disease preparedness and response plan; not providing employee training on COVID-19; not increasing facility cleaning and disinfection to limit SARS-CoV-2 exposure; not establishing procedures for disinfecting the worksite if it is suspected or confirmed that an employee, visitor, or customer has a known case of COVID-19; not conducting a daily self-screening protocol for employees; not designating a COVID-19 safety coordinator onsite; not posting signs advising employees to stay at home when they are sick; not posting signs advising employees of proper cough and sneeze etiquette and hand hygiene; not keeping everyone on the worksite premises at least 6 feet from one another through the use of ground markings, signs, and physical barriers; not providing non-medical grade face coverings to employees working onsite; and not requiring the use of face coverings for employees that work less than six feet from other individuals onsite. The inspection was initiated in response to an employee complaint, view the full citation document.
  • Kokomos Family Fun Center in Saginaw, Michigan, was fined $2,000 for violations of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements under the general duty clause including not developing an infectious disease preparedness and response plan, not requiring employees to wear cloth face coverings, not requiring employees to social distance, and not posting signs for non-English speakers that include advising employees to stay at home when sick and of proper cough and sneeze etiquette. The inspection was initiated in response to an employee complaint, view the full citation document.
  • Painters Supply and Equipment Co. in Canton, Michigan, was fined $3,500 for violations of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements under the emergency rules including not requiring employees to wear cloth face coverings and not requiring employees to social distance. The inspection was initiated as a planned programmed inspection, view the full citation document.
  • South Lake Public Schools in Saint Clair Shores, Michigan, was fined $4,900 for violations of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements under the general duty clause including not developing an infectious disease preparedness and response plan that can guide protective actions against COVID-19; not providing COVID-19 training to employees; and not conducting daily in-person or virtual health checks of employees before they entered the facility. The employer was also fined $4,900 for not having a written hazard communication program developed, implemented, and maintained. The inspection was initiated in response to an employee complaint, view the full citation document.
  • Twin Peaks in Livonia, Michigan, was cited for a violation of the COVID-19 workplace safety under the emergency rules requirement regarding a written preparedness and response plan. The inspection was initiated in response to an employee complaint, view the full citation document.

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