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Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Monday announced $44,600 in fines issued to businesses in the state that in May allegedly did not follow COVID-19 workplace safety rules such as mask-wearing.
All of the cases — two restaurants, a bakery and a wood products company — involve willful violations of rules, according to Oregon OSHA. The penalties ranged from $8,900 to $17,800, and all but one have been appealed.
Violations included failing to ensure workers and customers wore face coverings indoors, and allowing indoor dining despite operating in a county that was designated by state officials as an “extreme risk” for transmission of COVID-19.
Officials with Oregon OSHA publicly stated Monday that it will repeal its workplace safety rules, such as that which requires face coverings in the workplace, when Gov. Kate Brown’s vaccination target of 70% of the population is reached.
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The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division is proposing a permanent rule that would maintain current temporary protections for workers against COVID-19 and include mandates that address vaccination in the workplace.