OSHA Fines for Coronavirus Violations

OSHA Fines for Coronavirus Violations

OSHA released a statement last Friday stating that since the start of the pandemic, they have cited 37 establishments for Coronavirus violations, resulting in proposed penalties totaling $484,069. Some of the citations included failures to:

  • Implement a written respiratory protection program
  • Provide a medical evaluation, respirator fit test, training on the proper use of a respirator, and personal protective equipment
  • Report an injury, illness, or fatality
  • Record an injury or illness on OSHA recordkeeping forms
  • Comply with General Duty Clause of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970

You can find the full news release here. It seems that OSHA’s grace period for getting COVID plans into effect is dwindling so make sure you avoid getting a citation or fine on your site by implementing a program today. Resources are available at COVID-19 webpage to help employers comply with these standards. A few examples of ways you can work to keep your employees safe and your jobsite COVID-free are:

  • Have a COVID-19 preparedness and response plan
  • Maintain social distancing when possible
  • Require face coverings when social distancing cannot be maintained
  • Train employees on dangers of COVID-19 and how to combat the spreading of COVID
  • Keep records of daily health screenings and keep records of all jobsite illness and injuries on 300 logs
  • Screen visitors for symptoms
  • Adopt staggered work schedules if possible
  • Institute a housekeeping program to have site disinfected often
  • Insure you have a clean toilet/handwashing station
  • And wear appropriate PPE

For a full list of safe work practices and OSHA guidance in regards to Coronavirus on construction sites visit their page here.

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