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First Virus-Related OSHA Citation Goes to Georgia Nursing Home

May 29, 2020, 8:24 PM

OSHA has issued its first citation from a coronavirus-related inspection to a Georgia nursing home.

The citation was issued to Winder Nursing Inc. of Winder, Ga., for a recordkeeping violation, an Occupational Safety and Health Administration spokesperson said Friday.

The citation alleges Winder Nursing failed to report to OSHA within one day about the hospitalization of six employees that occurred as early as April 19. OSHA wasn’t notified until May 5.

The violation was categorized as an other-than-serious violation, the lowest level of OSHA infractions and carried a proposed $6,504 fine.

A Winder representative said the nursing home and rehabilitation center hadn’t received the citation and declined to discuss whether the company would contest the alleged violation.

As of May 28, OSHA had opened 403 virus-related inspections.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bruce Rolfsen in Washington at BRolfsen@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Martha Mueller Neff at mmuellerneff@bloomberglaw.com

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