11 California Employers Cited For COVID-19 Violations
Cal/OSHA cited 11 employers for failing to protect their employees from being exposed to COVID-19.
The citations are the result of inspections targeted at industries with an elevated risk of worker exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19. These industries include retail, agriculture, health care, meat packing and food processing.
“We have identified these industries as priorities in our strategic enforcement efforts to make sure employers have adequate COVID-19 infection prevention procedures in place,” said Doug Parker, Chief at Cal/OSHA. “These are industries where workers have been disproportionately affected, and these citations are the first of many to be issued in the coming weeks and months.”
Employers who were cited for COVID-19 violations include:
- D.L. Poultry, Inc., Monterey Park, $51,190 citation
- Uni-Kool Partners, Salinas, $5,890 citation
- Olson Meat Company, Orland, $9,000 citation
- Sutter Bay Medical Foundation, Berkeley, $6,750 citation
- Serve Max Farm Labor Contractor, Vacaville, $11,250 citation
- Ruiz Farm Labor, Dixon, $4,500 citation
- Michel Labor Services Inc., Dixon, $11,700 citation
- Sierra-Cascade Nursery Inc., Macdoel, $4,050 citation
- Planasa, LLC, Macdoel, $5,400 citation
- Duncan Family Farms, Tulelake, $5,060 citation
- M & J Williams Inc. DBA Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Santa Clara, $2,025 citation
Citations were issued because the employers failed to take steps to update workplace safety plans to adequately address the dangers of the virus.
D.L. Poultry and Olson Meat Company failed to ensure workers maintained social distancing of at least six feet and failed to install barriers between their workers, according to a California Department of Industrial Relations press release. Uni-Kool Partners failed to implement screening procedures and failed to appropriately deal with employees with COVID-19 symptoms.
Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation was cited after their employee caught COVID-19. They were cited for failing to provide adequate respiratory protection while transporting patients suspected of having COVID-19.
Cal/OSHA also engaged in almost 8,000 compliance assistance visits in July to find and fix problems, as well as communicating with over 400,000 businesses in an ongoing outreach and education effort including emails and conference calls. The agency is also providing employers in the food processing, meat packing and agriculture sectors with live, online training.
Over 27.3 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in over 188 countries and territories, leading to over 897,000 deaths. Over 18.3 million people have recovered from the disease.