The owner of four Rhode Island urgent care and primary care medical facilities faces a $136,532 fine from OSHA, after a determination that the owner “willfully exposed employees to the coronavirus.”
Six employees tested positive for the virus last year after the owner did not take necessary safety precautions when he exhibited symptoms. OSHA ruled the owner failed to:
- “Implement engineering controls, such as portable high-efficiency particulate air fan/filtration systems, and barriers between adjacent desks;
- Implement administrative controls, such as cleaning and disinfecting, and symptom screening of all employees; and
- Mandate contact tracing or quarantine periods after employee exposure to coronavirus-exposed patients.”
Read the Department of Labor’s News Release Here .
Read more about mitigating employee risk from OSHA at OSHA Safe work Guidelines