16 more Michigan employers cited for COVID-19 workplace safety violations — See the list

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(WWJ) The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued citations to 16 more workplaces for allegedly failing to properly protect workers from COVID-19 — including several in metro Detroit.

As the state continues to prioritize worker safety and health, MIOSHA announced Friday that it inspected and issued virus emergency rule or general duty citations to 16 different businesses with violations such as a lack of health screenings, face coverings, employee training, and overall preparedness plans.

An emergency rule citation or a general duty clause, citation, as described below, each carry a fine of up to $7,000.

The latest MIOSHA citations were issued to the below companies for the following issues (all information from MIOSHA):

COVID-19 Emergency Rules Citations

Belle Tire in Woodhaven, MI was fined $4,000 for violations of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements; including not removing an employee from the workplace suspected of having COVID-19, no physical barriers installed, and inadequately training employees on safeguards related to COVID-19. The inspection was initiated in response to an employee complaint, view full citation document.

Adrian Urgent Care in Adrian, MI was cited for an other-than-serious violation of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements including not maintaining daily health screenings for all visitor that enter the workplace. The inspection was initiated in response to an employee complaint, view full citation document.

Bloxsom Roofing and Siding Company of Traverse City, MI was fined $2,800 for violations of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements for not developing a preparedness and response plan, no documentation of daily health screenings, no disinfectant, no COVID-19 safety coordinator, and no face coverings worn on site. Total penalties, including other workplace violations, were $7,200. The inspection was initiated as a planned-programmed inspection, view full citation document.

Bush Brothers Asphalt Paving, Inc. of Farmington Hills, MI was cited for an other-than-serious violation of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Emergency Rules, specifically the lack of a preparedness and response plan. Total penalties, including other workplace violations, were $400. The inspection was initiated as a planned-programmed inspection, view full citation document.

Dana Incorporated in Saint Clair, Michigan, was fined $4,000 for violations of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements including failure to require face coverings when social distancing could not be maintained, not contacting the local health department when three known positive COVID-19 cases were detected at the workplace, and not maintaining a record of employee COVID-19 training, daily health screenings, and notification to the local health department of known COVID-19 cases at the workplace. The inspection was initiated as part of the MIOSHA COVID-19 Retail State Emphasis Program, view full citation document.

Multi-Shores Development, L.L.C. of Traverse City, MI was fined $1,000 for violations of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements for lack of a preparedness and response plan and no face coverings. Total penalties, including other workplace violations, were $8,100. The inspection was initiated as a planned-programmed inspection, view full citation document.

Allied Gutter Co. of Romulus, MI was cited for an other-than-serious violation of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Emergency Rules, specifically the lack of a preparedness and response plan. Total penalties, including other workplace violations, were $3,700. The inspection was initiated as a planned-programmed inspection, view full citation document.

Complete Maintenance & Cabinetry Inc. of Algonac, MI was fined $2,800 for violations of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements including lack of a preparedness and response plan, failing to train employees on COVID-19 control strategies, lack of social distancing, and lack of face coverings when workers could not consistently maintain six feet of social distancing. Total penalties, including other workplace violations, were $5,360. The inspection was initiated as a planned-programmed inspection, view full citation document.

Spartan Precision Machining Inc. was fined $2,800 for violations of the emergency rules for COVID-19 workplace safety requirements including not developing and implementing a written COVID-19 preparedness and response plan, not conducting daily entry self-screen protocols, not requiring face coverings to be worn when employees cannot consistently maintain 6 feet of separation, and not providing training to employees on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19. This inspection was initiated in response to an employee complaint, view full citation document.

J&N Electric, Inc. of Ishpeming, MI was fined $400 for violations of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements for not developing a preparedness and response plan, no documentation of daily health screenings, not providing COVID-19 training, and no face coverings worn on site. Total penalties, including other workplace violations, were $2,000. The inspection was initiated as a planned-programmed inspection, view full citation document.

Royal Roofing Co of Lake Orion, MI was fined $3,000 for a serious violation of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Emergency Rules, specifically the lack of a face coverings when workers could not consistently maintain 6 feet of social distance from other employees. Total penalties, including other workplace violations, were $8,400. The inspection was initiated as a planned-programmed inspection, view full citation document.

Fusco Construction, LLC of Dundee, MI was fined $1,000 for serious violations of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Emergency Rules, specifically the lack of a preparedness plan, no face coverings, no hand sanitizer or washing facilities, not performing daily health screening of employees and no COVID-19 safety coordinator. Total penalties, including other workplace violations, were $4,100. The inspection was initiated as a planned-programmed inspection, view full citation document.

General Duty Citations 

Custom Electric LLC. in Wixom, Michigan was fined $2,800 for violations of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements including failure to train employees on COVID-19, failure to conduct the daily health screening including a questionnaire, failure to require face coverings, and failure to maintain social distancing. The inspection was initiated in response to a reinspection assignment, view full citation document.

Stork Construction LLC. of Bingham, Mi. was fined $500 for violations of COVID- 19 workplace safety requirements including lack of a preparedness and response plan, failing to train employees on COVID- 19 control strategies, lack of social distancing, and lack of face coverings when workers could not consistently maintain six feet of social distancing. Total penalties including other workplace violations were $1,000. The inspection was initiated as a planned-program inspection, view full citation document.

ACME Wire & Iron Works in Detroit, MI was fined $400 for violations of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements including failing to conduct the daily health screening and not ensuring face coverings were utilized. Total penalties including other workplace violations were $4,400. The inspection was initiated in response to a programmed assignment, view full citation document.

AMB Construction LLC of Mount Clemens, MI was fined $2,100 for violations of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements including lack of a preparedness and response plan, failing to train employees on COVID-19 control strategies, lack of social distancing, and lack of face coverings when workers could not consistently maintain six feet of social distancing. Total penalties, including other workplace violations, were $2,900. The inspection was initiated as a planned-programmed inspection, view full citation document.A complete list of MIOSHA COVID-19 workplace safety citations is available online.

MIOSHA says its goal is to keep employees and workplaces safe, with all agency activities focused on helping to protect the safety and health of Michigan workers. There are a variety of educational and consultative programs that businesses can participate in to ensure that they can comply, stay open and ultimately stay safe. The MIOSHA Ambassador Program offers education and one-on-one guidance to help businesses understand regulations on workplace safety. Additional information about the Ambassador Program and other resources to ensure safe and healthy working conditions can be found online at Michigan.gov/COVIDWorkplaceSafety.

The cited employers have 15 working days from receipt of the MIOSHA citations to contest the violations and penalties.

For more information about MIOSHA’s safety and health guidelines to protect Michigan’s workforce during the pandemic, employers and employees with questions regarding workplace safety and health may contact MIOSHA using the new hotline at 855-SAFE-C19 (855-723-3219).

To report health and safety concerns in the workplace, the public can go to Michigan.gov/MIOSHAcomplaint.