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OSHA Touts $1.2 Million in Virus-Related Fines for 85 Businesses

Oct. 16, 2020, 7:58 PM

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined 85 businesses a grand total of $1.2 million for coronavirus-related violations since the onset of the pandemic, the agency said in a press statement.

The fines average out to about $14,378 per establishment, with the biggest penalty being $28,070 and the smallest, $0. As employers routinely contest the citations, those fines could be reduced on appeal by the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

OSHA’s latest aggregated set of citations, announced Friday, lists 23 facilities, including hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers—largely in New York and New Jersey—sanctioned between Oct. 1...

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