A Reminder for Employers to Follow COVID-19 Safety Guidelines
A Colorado-based insurance company is facing over $20,000 in OSHA penalties after an investigation determined they ignored COVID-19 safety rules such as social distancing, failure to implement a health and safety plan, and allowing employees displaying coronavirus symptoms to continue working on-site. Sadly, one employee died due to COVID-19. (The OSHA press release does not state if the coronavirus fatality is “work-related.”)
“OSHA has issued about 650 coronavirus-related citations since July 2020, with total initial penalties exceeding $4 million as of Oct. 1, according to the agency.” (source)
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Bailey Cummins, PHR, is a member of the HRinDemand team, a human resources company in Reno, NV, offering expert guidance and easy-to-use tools to help small businesses with employment regulations, compliance, employee relations, and company growth.
Society for Human Resource Management. (2021, October 11). OSHA Cites Employer for COVID-19 Safety Violations After Worker’s Death. https://www.shrm.org/ResourcesAndTools/legal-and-compliance/employment-law/Pages/OSHA-Cites-Employer-for-COVID-19-Safety-Violations.aspx
United States Department of Labor. (2021, October 7). US Department of Labor cites insurance agency for exposing workers to coronavirus at Denver location where employee died with COVID-19 [press release].https://www.osha.gov/news/newsreleases/region8/10072021