Nine Michigan business cited for COVID-19 workplace safety violations

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) issued citations to nine businesses with serious violations for failing to protect workers and take safety precautions. The businesses were issued “general duty” citations.

Under the general duty clause, an employer has to provide a workplace that is free from recognized hazards that are causing, or are likely to cause, death or serious physical harm to the employee.

The general duty citation can carry a fine up to $7,000. Some of the issues sighted were a lack of health screenings, face coverings, employee training, cleaning measures and overall preparedness plans.

Here are the nine companies cited for a serious violation of the general duty clause and what they were cited for:

  • Minority Auto Handling Specialists, Inc. in Woodhaven, MI was fined $3,000 for violations of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements including the lack adequate training regarding the risks, actions taken to protect employees including site specific measures, and how employees can protect themselves, failure to routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces, failure to provide paper towels for workers and visitors to wash their hands and not maintaining hand sanitizer. The inspection was initiated by an employee complaint, view the full citation document
  • Bayside Hospitality Inc. dba Tawas Bay Beach Resort in East Tawas, MI was fined $1500.00 for violations of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements including lack of a preparedness and response plan, failing to train employees on COVID-19, assuming and not asking if patrons not wearing mask were not medically able to tolerate a mask, and not keeping everyone on the premises six feet from one another. The employer was also cited for an other-than-serious record keeping violation.  The inspection was initiated by an employee complaint, view the full citation document.
  • Value City Furniture in Flint, Michigan was fined $1500.00 for violations of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements including the lack of a preparedness and response plan, failure to conduct a daily entry self-screening protocol for all employees or contractors entering the workplace, not keeping everyone on the worksite premises at least six feet from one another to the maximum extent possible, not requiring face coverings when social distancing could not be maintained, not training employees on the steps the employees must take to notify the business or operation of any symptoms of COVID-19 or a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 employees on COVID-19, not maintaining a record of required COVID-19 training and daily health screenings, not posting signs at store entrances for customers and assuming customers not wearing mask had a medical condition.  The inspection was initiated as part of the COVID-19 Retail State Emphasis Program, view the full citation document
  • United States Lighting dba U B Tan in Fenton, MI was fined $400.00 for violations of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements including lack of a preparedness and response plan, failing to train employees on COVID-19,  not conducting daily self-screening protocols for COVID-19 and not posting signs informing customers not to enter if they are or have recently been sick.  The inspection was initiated by a complaint, view the full citation document
  • Lane Automotive in Watervliet, MI was fined $3,500 for violations of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements including the lack of face coverings when employees were within six feet of each other, allowing barriers to be removed in break rooms so employee could sit next to each other and not avoiding larger meetings when social distancing was possible. The inspection was initiated from an employee complaint, view the full citation document.
  • Red River Restaurant Group dba FireRock Grille in Caledonia, MI will be fined $6,300 for violations of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements including the lack of face coverings worn for customers, not closing waiting areas while customers are waiting for tables and not avoiding large gatherings. The inspection was initiated from an employee complaint, view the full citation document.
  • Andersons Service Center in Midland, MI was fined $400 for a violation of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements including the lack of a preparedness and response plan, no training, not providing face coverings, lack of postings and posters, no designated worksite supervisor, no increase in facility cleaning, lack of cleaning supplies and failing to conduct the daily health screening including a questionnaire. The inspection was initiated in response to a complaint, view the full citation document.  
  • Jerry’s Tire in Lake Odessa, MI was fined $3,500 for violations of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements including the lack of training for employees on the infectious disease preparedness and response plan; no postings on employees staying home if sick, cough and sneeze etiquette, and hand hygiene; not conducting daily in-person or virtual health checks or having employees self-monitor; no face coverings when employees were within six feet of each other; and not routinely cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces. The inspection was initiated from an employee complaint, view the full citation document.
  • River City Reproductions and Graphics in Kentwood, MI will be fined $2,100 for violations of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements including the lack of a COVID-19 preparedness and response plan, lack of employee training on policies to reduce the spread of COVID-19, not conducting self-screenings for employees and not enforcing face coverings and social distancing. The inspection was initiated from an employee complaint, view the full citation document

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