The owner of a tax planning facility in Lynn, Massachusetts, faces $136,532 in fines for preventing the workers and customers from wearing masks, failing to ensure employees and customers exercised social distancing and refusing to enforce other coronavirus protection protocols. OSHA cited Ariana Murrell-Rosario, doing business as Liberty Tax Service, for willfully failing to formulate and enforce coronavirus prevention initiatives. OSHA began its inspection on March 17, 2021. According to OSHA, Murrell-Rosario, and Liberty Tax Services:
1) Under a statewide mask order requiring the firm to permit staff and consumers to wear masks, the company prohibited workers and customers from wearing face coverings in the office.
2)Staff members were required to operate within 6 feet of each other and clients for several hours despite not wearing face coverings.
3)Inadequate ventilation was provided at the office.
4)Failed to enforce controls such as physical barriers, pre-shift staff monitoring, increased sanitation, and other measures to eliminate the possibility of virus spread from person to person.
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