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OSHA fines Midwest after 1 employee dies and 22 covid positives.

A few days later Midwest Warehouse and Distribution System Inc. staff met in the Naperville facility breakroom for a luncheon, some of them developed signs associated with coronavirus exposure. On October 27, 2020, employees started revealing to the corporation that they had tested positive for the coronavirus. According to an inquiry conducted by the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the organization refused to take immediate action to locate, notify, separate, and quarantine any remotely exposed workers.

By November 9, 2020, 23 workers had tested positive for the coronavirus, including one worker who died as a result of complications on November 4, 2020. The corporation refused to obey its own internally established controls for possible coronavirus pandemic contamination or take appropriate measures to contain the outbreak, according to OSHA’s inspection. Following negotiations with the DuPage County Health Department, the facility closed on November 4, 2020. The organization has proposed a $12,288 fine for a single significant breach of OSHA’s general obligation provision.

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