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U.S. Department of labor’s OSHA announces $2,856,533 in coronavirus violations

OSHA inspections have resulted in the agency citing employers for violations, including failures to:

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ASHINGTON, DC – Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic through Nov. 5, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued 204 citations arising from inspections for violations relating to coronavirus, resulting in proposed penalties totaling $2,856,533. 

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; and

Comply with the General Duty Clause of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970

OSHA has withdrawn a citation issued on Oct. 23, 2020, to Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, New York, (Inspection #1473958 with proposed penalty of $9,639) after the employer provided evidence of a good faith attempt at complying with the standard in question.

OSHA has already announced citations relating to the coronavirus arising out of 178 inspections, which can be found at dol.gov/newsroom. In addition to those inspections, the 26 inspections below have resulted in coronavirus-related citations totaling $369,404 from OSHA relating to one or more of the above violations from Oct. 30 to Nov. 5, 2020. OSHA provides more information about individual citations at its Establishment Search website, which it updates periodically.

Establishment NameInspection NumberCityStateInitialPenalty
The Cleaning Company Inc.1483403East HavenConnecticut$6,940
Lawrence + Memorial Hospital Inc.1476231New LondonConnecticut$15,422
Butterfield Health Care VIII LLC1474191BolingbrookIllinois$12,145
Geneva Nursing and Rehabilitation Center LLC1474458GenevaIllinois$13,494
The Edgar P. Benjamin Healthcare Center Inc.1488985BostonMassachusetts$16,193
South Shore Medical Investors LLC1478069ScituateMassachusetts$13,494
Grand Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center1474377Saint LouisMissouri$12,145
Hamilton Operator LLC1488528Hamilton SquareNew Jersey$13,494
Hazlet Garden Group1486252HazletNew Jersey$13,359
Mystic Meadows Rehabilitation & Nursing Center1486441Little Egg Harbor Twp.New Jersey$32,965
Elmwood Evesham Associates LLC1487353MarltonNew Jersey$12,145
Montclair Hospital LLC1473011MontclairNew Jersey$13,494
Prime Healthcare Services-St. Michael’s LLC1479171NewarkNew Jersey$25,061
Optimize Manpower Solutions Inc.1470599South PlainfieldNew Jersey$5,000
Family of Caring LLC1473777Woodcliff LakeNew Jersey$12,145
Boro Park Operating Co. LLC1488796BrooklynNew York$26,989
Boro Park Operating Co. LLC1488814BrooklynNew York$11,567
Buffalo General Medical Center1474063BuffaloNew York$1,928
Rego Park NHLTD1488595FlushingNew York$13,494
Forest Manor Inc.1487472Glen CoveNew York$13,494
Amsterdam Nursing Home Corp.1475704New YorkNew York$13,494
Bayada Home Health Care Inc.1480129New YorkNew York$8,675
Schnur Operations Associates LLC1488554White PlainsNew York$12,145
Cold Spring Hill Acquisition LLC1487532WoodburyNew York$25,061
Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital1474193WarrenOhio$13,494
Athena Health Care Systems1487891WoonsocketRhode Island11567

A full list of what standards were cited for each establishment – and the inspection number – are available here. An OSHA standards database can be found here.

Resources are available on the agency’s COVID-19 webpage to help employers comply with these standards.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

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