The California Department of Industrial Relations has fined five grocery stores in the Los Angeles area between $ 13,500 and $ 25,560 for failing to protect workers from COVID-19 exposure because they did not update their workplace safety plans to properly handle hazards related to the virus.
The fine was $ 104,380.
The stores, all owned by Cincinnati, Ohio-based Kroger Co., in some cases allowed too many customers at one time, preventing workers from retaining at least six meters, according to a Cal / OSHA statement.
Two of the listed grocery stores had failed to report a worker's fatal COVID-19 disease to Cal / Osha in good time. Cal / OSHA – which has set COVID-1
At least two sites were cited for not installing. barriers between workers and customers.
A spokeswoman for the food chain could not be immediately reached for comment.
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