The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) inspected and issued COVID-19 emergency rule or general duty citations to eight different workplaces with violations for failing to protect workers and take safety precautions. Kokomos Family Fun Center in Kochville Township was among the businesses fined.
Under MIOSHA’s Emergency Rules, businesses that resume in-person work must, among other things, have a written COVID-19 preparedness and response plan and provide thorough training to their employees that covers, at a minimum, workplace infection-control practices, the proper use of personal protection equipment (PPE), steps workers must take to notify the business or operation of any symptoms of COVID-19 or a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, and how to report unsafe working conditions. An emergency rule citation carries a fine of up to $7,000.
The cited employers have 15 working days from receipt of the MIOSHA citations to contest the violations and penalties. Citations include suggestions to fix hazards to protect employees. Employers must provide proof to MIOSHA that abatement has been completed.
A cited employer may choose to enter into a Penalty Reduction Agreement with MIOSHA and agree to abate noted hazards by the abatement date provided within the citation and will receive a 50% reduction in penalties. By entering into the Agreement an employer must also agree to not seek an appeal.
The latest MIOSHA citations were issued to the below companies for the following issues:
A complete list of MIOSHA COVID-19 workplace safety citations is available online.