New County Risk Levels Mean Businesses Must Restrict--Or Else
County risk levels go into effect across Oregon on Friday. That means new COVID-19 restrictions for some businesses. Here’s what can happen if a workplace refuses to comply.
Since the start of the pandemic, Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has received over 23,000 complaints over COVID-19 violations.
OSHA’s Aaron Corvin said when his agency cites a business for flouting the rules, it’s meant to protect the workers. “We’ve issued more than 130 citations to employers. About 25 of those have involved willful violations,” said Corvin.
These offenses can come with heavy fines--which Corvin calls an effective deterrent. He says most complaints end up resolved without charges. Employers just have to correct the violation.
“Keeping your workers safe and doing business are not counter to one another,” Corvin said.
23 Oregon counties are now in High risk with restrictions including 25% capacity for restaurants and gyms.
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