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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Case Status: CLOSED

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 130268.015 Event: 10/07/2020Employee With Covid-19 Infection Dies
An employee was working for a manufacturer of conveyors and conveying equipment. He worked in the engineering department. His workstation was at the end of a ro w of cubicles in which five cubicles were located along an exterior wall with wi ndows, and five cubicles were arranged right across an aisle. He and his coworke rs worked in cubicles that were squares between 1.8 and 2.1 meters wide (6 and 7 feet wide), with walls that were 1.8 meters (6 feet) high. While workers were w orking at their desks, they were not required to wear masks. At times, employees would be conversing in these areas as they were spaced less than 1.8 meters (6 feet) apart. Several workers in the timeframe of a week experienced signs and sy mptoms of COVID-19 and ultimately tested positive for it. It could not be determ ined if the employee's illness was work-related or part of a community spread. A s the investigation was opened, the employer was not aware that the employee had even tested positive for COVID-19. At 12:55 p.m. on October 7, 2020, the emplo yee died.
Keywords: infectious disease
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1497051.015 Fatality Engineering technicians, n.e.c.

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