State cites 10 businesses for COVID-19 workplace safety violations

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — 10 Michigan businesses are being fined after violating COVID-19 workplace safety guidelines, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) reported.

MIOSHA inspected and issued COVID-19 “general duty” citations. The MIOSHA “general duty” clause requires an employer 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.

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A general duty clause citation carries a fine of up to $7,000. On-site inspections conducted by MIOSHA’s general industry and construction industry enforcement divisions determined 10 companies allegedly committed serious violations by failing to implement necessary precautions to protect employees from contracting COVID-19. Deficiencies included a lack of health screenings, face coverings, employee training, cleaning measures and overall preparedness plans.

The cited companies will have 15 working days from receipt of the MIOSHA citations to contest the violations and penalties. The citations include suggestions to fix the hazards to protect employees. Employers must provide proof to MIOSHA that abatement has been completed. 

A cited employer may choose to enter into a Penalty Reduction Agreement (PRA) with MIOSHA and agree to abate noted hazards by the abatement date provided within the citation and will receive a 50% reduction in penalties. By entering into the PRA an employer must also agree to not seek an appeal.

  • Cops and Doughnuts located in Bay City, MI
  • Tel-12 Cloverleaf BP Inc., a gas station located at 28995 Telegraph Rd, Southfield, MI
  • City of Port Huron in Port Huron, MI
  • Madco Truck Plaza Inc. in Romulus, MI
  • Saginaw Housing Commission in Saginaw
  • Hertz located at 8600 Garfield Rd, Freeland, MI
  • Meritage Hospitality Group Inc., dba Wendy’s #202 located at 18001 E 9 Mile Rd., Eastpointe,
  • Brandon Martinez, a residential construction company based in Grand Rapids, MI
  • Musselman Home Improvements, LLC based in Kalamazoo
  • Merlo Construction Company, Inc. based in Milford, MI

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