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Since the start of the pandemic through Nov. 26, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it has issued $3.4 million in penalties from citations arising from 255 inspections of workplaces charged with violations, according to a statement issued Friday.
Eleven of the most recent citations, issued between Nov. 20 and Nov. 26 and made public Friday, have resulted in coronavirus-related fines totaling $101,207, according to the statement. All 11 employers cited are either health care facilities or senior care living facilities, with recent fines up to $25,061, according to data released by OSHA.
Overall, COVID-19-related OSHA inspections have resulted in the agency citing employers for violations, including failures to implement a written respiratory protection program; failures to provide a medical evaluation, respirator fit test, and training on the proper use of a respirator and personal protective equipment; failures to report an injury, illness or fatality, including failures to record such on recordkeeping forms; and failing to comply with the General Duty Clause of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, which requires employers to maintain a safe workplace, according to the statement.
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The California Department of Industrial Relations has fined five Los Angeles-area grocery stores between $13,500 and $25,560 for failing to protect workers from exposure to COVID-19 because they did not update their workplace safety plans to properly address hazards related to the virus.