Salem Gym Gets Heaviest-Yet COVID-19 Related Fine From OSHA

Jan 13, 2021

A fitness center in Salem has been fined for operating out of compliance and willfully exposing employees to COVID-19. It’s the largest penalty related to the pandemic issued to an Oregon employer.

A spin class at one of the fitness centers owned by Capitol Racquet Sports, Inc. in Salem. The company has received the largest fine imposed so far by OSHA during the pandemic.
Credit Capitol Racquet Sports, Inc.

Oregon Occupational Safety and Health or OSHA has levied over $126,000 ($126,749 to be exact) in fines on Capitol Racquet Sports, Inc. It’s the fifth citation issued against the company for non-compliance of public health measures.

Aaron Corvin is with Oregon OSHA.

“Any employer is entitled to file an appeal,” said Corvin. “That process is there. However as evidenced by the citations we’ve issued to date, we believe they are valid citations and that we will prevail.”

The fines were imposed because the company remained open despite Red Warning notices at each of its four facilities. Marion County is designated in the Extreme Risk category for COVID-19 transmission.

Capitol Racquet Sports, Inc. operates four fitness centers in Salem. Despite record fines from OSHA for non-compliance of health restrictions during the pandemic, the company continues to remain open. 
Credit Capitol Racquet Sports, Inc.

An open letter from owner regarding the OSHA fines was posted on Facebook:

Credit Capitol Racquet Sports, Inc.