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An Illinois warehouse was cited by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration for alleged violations of the general duty clause after 23 workers came down with COVID-19 several days after gathering at a facility breakroom for a luncheon.
OSHA investigators alleged that around Oct. 27, 2020 — a few days after the luncheon — multiple workers at Midwest Warehouse and Distribution Systems Inc. in Naperville, Illinois, began reporting that they had tested positive for coronavirus, according to a statement released Tuesday by OSHA.
By Nov. 9, 2020, 23 workers tested positive, including one who died Nov. 4 from COVID-19 complications, and investigators alleged that the company failed to take steps to identify, inform, isolate and quarantine potentially exposed employees when they first received reports of coronavirus cases.
OSHA proposed a penalty of $12,288 for the serious violation citation.
The company will have 15 business days to contest OSHA’s findings.
More insurance and workers compensation news on the coronavirus crisis here.
The California Department of Industrial Relations announced Friday that it has cited 11 employers for not protecting employees from COVID-19 exposure during inspections of industries where it says workers have an elevated risk of exposure.