The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has issued citations to three Bay Area employers for not protecting workers from COVID-19.
The largest fine of $24,500 was levied against the California Prison Industry Authority for violations at its Vacaville site, following the report of a worker there who became seriously ill and another who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The state cited the authority for three serious violations after finding deficiencies in protection programs that exposed employees to the virus, according to Cal/OSHA.
The state agency also cited Integrated Pain Management Medical Group, a San Leandro-based medical practice, a fine of $9,450 for two serious violations after an employee was hospitalized for COVID-19 complications. The investigation found that the company failed to implement an effective employee COVID-19 screening procedure and that it had deficiencies in its respiratory protection program.
The Roseville-based framing contractor Erickson Framing CA LLC was cited two fines of $9,000 each for failure to enforce face coverings or physical distancing between employees at worksites in Vacaville and Fairfield.
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Employers and workers who have questions or need assistance with workplace health and safety programs can call Cal/OSHA's Consultation Services Branch at (800) 963-9424 or go online at https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/consultation.html.
Complaints about workplace safety and health hazards can be filed confidentially with Cal/OSHA district offices or on the agency's website.