Standard Cited:5A0001 OSH Act General Duty Paragraph
|Nr: 1475131.015||Citation: 01001||Issuance: 09/11/2020||ReportingID: 0830500|
|Viol Type:||Serious||NrInstances:||1||Contest Date:||09/24/2020|
|Abatement Date:||10/29/2020||Nr Exposed:||4000||Final Order:|
|Current Penalty:||$13,494.00||Gravity:||10||Haz Category:|
|Penalty and Failure to Abate Event History|
Text For Citation: 01 Item/Group: 001 Hazard:
OSH ACT of 1970 Section (5)(a)(1): The employer did not furnish employment and a place of employment which were free from recognized hazards that were causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees in that employees were working in close proximity to each other and were exposed to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): (a) JBS Foods, Inc. dba Swift Beef Company at 800 N. 8th Avenue in Greeley, CO: On or about and at times prior to March 25, 2020, the employer did not develop or implement timely and effective measures to mitigate the exposures to the hazard of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Employees throughout the establishment worked in close proximity to each other during the COVID-19 pandemic exposing them to the hazard of contracting COVID-19. Hundreds of employees contracted the virus and developed symptoms ranging from mild irritation to severe illnesses that resulted in at least 51 hospitalizations and six fatalities due to COVID-19 related illnesses. As of July 30, 2020, the employer had 290 confirmed positive cases at the establishment. Among other methods, recognized and feasible means of abatement for this hazard include: 1. Establish, implement, and enforce a social distancing program on the fabrication floor and in break areas that allow for at least a six-foot distance between workers where feasible; 2. When workers are unable to socially distance at least six feet from one another, implement protective measures such as barriers between work stations, face coverings, and face shields on the fabrication floor and in break areas and communicate the purpose and correct usage of such measures; 3. The use of symptom screening prior to allowing employees to enter the establishment and in the onsite clinic; and 4. The employer should work with state, local, tribal and/or territorial health officials to facilitate the identification of other exposed and potentially exposed employees at the establishment.