OSHA cited an Illinois warehousing employer after one employee died from COVID-19 and 23 others tested positive for the virus following a luncheon in the facility’s breakroom.
Inspectors allegedly found the company failed to take immediate steps to identify, inform, isolate and quarantine all of the potentially exposed employees.
Further, the inspection revealed the company failed to follow its own internally developed controls for potential coronavirus exposure or take immediate steps to contain the outbreak, according to a Department of Labor news release.
On Nov. 4, 2020, following discussions with local health officials, the facility closed.
Company: Midwest Warehouse And Distribution System, Naperville, IL
Business: Warehousing and storage
Reason for fine:
One serious violation for failing to:
- provide employment free from recognized COVID-19 exposure hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm