The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health struck a food producer and its staffing companies with more than $ 400,000 in combined penalties for allegedly not protecting workers at two COVID-19 plants, the agency said in a statement Wednesday.  Cal / OSHA claimed that Overhill Farms Inc. and its temporary employment agency Jobsource North America Inc. failed to take steps to protect workers from coronavirus infection at two frozen food plants in Vernon, California.
The agency launched an investigation into facilities after receiving complaints about COVID-19 risks, they found that hundreds of workers were potentially exposed to COIVD at the carriage where they put on gloves and coats, in the break room, on the transport line and below packing operations.
Cal / OSHA accused the companies of not installing barriers or conducting social distance procedures and failed to investigate any of its employees' coronavirus infections, which included more than 20 diseases and one death.
The fine includes $ 222,075 in proposed penalties. to Overhill Farms and $ 21
Overhill was also fined $ 103,780 by Cal / OSHA for two February accidents resulting from an incident in which workers were injured when their hands were caught in unprotected conveyor parts.
The companies could not be immediately reached for comment.
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