State imposes fines on 19 businesses for violating COVID rules

Fines total more than $50K for failing to protect employees from the coronavirus.

Michigan workplace safety officials have levied fines against 19 businesses for what they say are “serious violations” of COVID-19 safety rules.

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) inspected businesses across the state and found these 19 companies were putting their own employees in harm’s way by failing to enforce face mask use, clean shared workspaces, or conduct regular health screenings.

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“Failure to follow guidelines puts everyone at risk and these citations are meant to reiterate the employer’s responsibility to protect their employees,” said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman said in a statement.

Two of the penalized businesses are in Kalamazoo County.

Dave’s Glass Service, Inc. of Portage was fined $2,100 for a list of violations including not requiring face masks and failing to train employees on COVID-19 guidelines.

Valentin Roofing, LLC of Kalamazoo was fined $2,100 for similar violations found during an inspection of a worksite in Plainwell.

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