MIOSHA fines 10 W MI businesses for not having COVID-19 protocols

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Several West Michigan companies have been fined by the state for failing to implement COVID-19 mitigation protocols.

Twenty companies across the state are the most recent to be fined, a Friday release from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration said. The companies cited now have 15 days to contest the penalties. They will have to prove they’ve fixed the problems MIOSHA pointed out.

The violations fall under to categories: an emergency rule citation and a general duty clause citation, both of which carry fines of up to $7,000. The emergency rule citations relate specifically to COVID-19 safety. The general duty clause, meanwhile, requires workplaces to eliminate hazards that are likely to harm an employee.

According to MIOSHA, the West Michigan businesses cited include:

  • Kortman Masonry, Inc. of Grandville: $1,000 for not having a COVID-19 preparedness and response plan, not having daily self-screening for employees and not having employees maintain 6-foot social distancing when possible.
  • Orchard Hill Mechanical, Inc. in Casnovia: $1,000 for not having a COVID-19 plan and workers not wearing masks.
  • Victor Carmona Services, LLC of Allendale: $1,000 for not having a COVID-19 plan.
  • Jose Torres Construction, LLC of Grand Rapids: $2,100 for not having a COVID-19 plan, not training employees on COVID-19 control, and not implementing social distancing or mask wearing.
  • Country Boy Builder, LLC of Sheridan: $2,100 for not having a COVID-19 plan, not training employees on COVID-19 control, and not implementing social distancing or mask wearing.
  • C&M Exterior, LLC in Kalamazoo: $2,800 for not having a COVID-19 plan, not training employees on COVID-19 control, and not implementing social distancing or mask wearing.
  • Eastbrook Homes Inc. of Grand Rapids: $3,500 for not having a COVID-19 plan, not training employees on COVID-19 control, not implementing social distancing or mask wearing, and not implementing self-screening for employees.
  • High Point Roofing, LLC of Holton: $2,100 for not having a COVID-19 plan, not training employees on COVID-19 control, and not implementing social distancing or mask wearing.
  • Sid’s Professional Roofing & More, LLC of Covert: $2,100 for not having a COVID-19 plan, not training employees on COVID-19 control, and not implementing social distancing or mask wearing.
  • Michigan Web Press DBA Stafford Media Solutions of Greenville: $4,200 for not training employees about COVID-19 controls, not requiring the use of masks and not routinely cleaning high-touch areas.

You can click here to see the state’s full release and the complete list of businesses fined. Most also faced additional fines for other workplace violations.

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