OSHA Fines Increasing for Coronavirus Violations: Over $2 Million and Counting

Updated: Dec 8, 2020

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Perry Construction Management has prioritized keeping our manufacturing clients informed of the latest OSHA regulations and announcements. We continue to share this vital information to ensure that you have the insight needed to maintain compliance amid rapidly changing health and safety expectations. The PCM team has also provided OSHA updates to food and beverage manufacturers over the last several months to help these organizations avoid the fines and penalties so many other businesses have incurred from the U.S. Department of Labor since the onset of COVID-19.


U.S. Department of Labor Releases Press Release Outlining Potential Fines


The latest OSHA update from the U.S. Department of Labor on October 30, 2020, discussed corporate penalties and violations. The press release announced that since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic through October 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited 144 businesses for coronavirus-related violations. The violations and resulting fees totaled over $2 million for U.S. businesses.


According to the article, violations included failures to:


  • Provide a written respiratory protection program

  • Offer required evaluations, tests, and training

  • Report an injury, illness, or fatality

  • Adhere to the General Duty Clause of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970


Experienced Construction Managers Help Facilities Maintain OSHA Compliance


Safety and health regulation compliance is an important issue for all types of business. As the number of positive cases of coronavirus continues to grow, food and beverage manufacturers are particularly at risk. Just keeping up with the latest legislative shifts designed to keep employees and consumers safe is a large task.


Working with a qualified Construction Manager (CM) on CAPEX construction projects helps food and beverage manufacturers avoid OSHA fees and penalties. A competent CM will align all players on the project and map out a plan of execution. The plan should coordinate all tasks - are assigned to facility maintenance, an internal plant safety group, line workers or third-party contractor - and follow the very latest OSHA safety regulations and guidelines. This will shield the project from violations - and fines.


Contact Perry Construction Management For a Free Site Safety Consultation


Executing safe and efficient construction projects is what we do at Perry Construction Management. Clients follow OSHA safety guidelines and complete CAPEX initiatives on time and on budget. This is true for any size project, including those that must follow FDA guidelines for food manufacturing facilities.


Clients achieve project success with competent and capable construction management. Our pledge is to have your back on the jobsite and manage your resources like they are our own, allowing you to focus on what is in front of you.

To schedule a free construction jobsite safety consultation complete this form. To learn more about how we have helped clients better manage construction projects download this document.

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