News Digest 9-14-2020


Man repairing Orlando tourist attraction falls to death

A 21-year-old man fell to his death Monday morning while conducting a daily safety check on the StarFlyer attraction in Orlando tourist’s district. The employee was about halfway up the 450-foot swing ride when he fell onto the bottom platform. ClickOrlando


Fed-OSHA fines Indiana’s largest VA hospital

Fed-OSHA has cited the Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis for alleged violations including failure to provide appropriate personal protective equipment and failure to protect employees, particularly non-medical staff, from COVID-19. The inspection began in March in the face of growing patient and employee deaths. WTHR (Indianapolis)


Fed-OSHA cites Louisiana health system over employee PPE use

Fed-OSHA has cited a nonprofit Louisiana health system and fined it more than $13,000 for allegedly failing to protect employees during the pandemic. The agency employees of the emergency facility allegedly often shared protective gowns that had already been used or did not have such gowns to wear while caring for patients. Becker’s Hospital Review


New Jersey nursing home fined for mask safety violations

Fed-OSHA has fined a Hackensack, New Jersey nursing home for failure to give its nursing staff adequate masks for treating COVID-19 patients during the high-point of the pandemic in March. The agency alleges that on two days in March, the home required employees to wear surgical masks but did not provide them with the more effective N95 masks. The citations carry more than $28,000 in proposed penalties. NJBIZ


OR-OSHA and health officials urge safety during unhealthy air quality days

Oregon OSHA and state public health officials are urging employers to stop or delay outdoor work activity where they can and take other reasonable steps to protect employees when air quality reaches the “unhealthy” zone or reaches an Air Quality Index of at least 151, and allowing employees with underlying health conditions to stay home. KTVZ


Meat processor fined more than $15K for COVID-19 violations at Colorado plant

Fed-OSHA has cited a major meat processing corporation and fined it $15,615 for allegedly failing to protect employees from COVID-19. The company says its preventative measures largely exceed Fed-OSHA’s recommendations and that it has been found in compliance by other state and federal agencies. CBS Denver


Study: Dining out increases chances of catching coronavirus

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows eating at restaurants may increase a person’s risk of catching the coronavirus. The report shows adults infected with the virus were more than twice as likely to report dining out in the 14 days before getting sick. In a statement, however, the Texas Restaurant Association said the study contains flaws. WFAA