Cal/OSHA Fines Los Angeles Grocery Stores for Coronavirus Violations

The five grocery stores were fined a total of $104,308 for putting workers at risk for contracting coronavirus.

Cal/OSHA fined five grocery stores in the Los Angeles area on October 1 for failing to protect workers from exposure to COVID-19, according to Business Insurance.

The stores were fined amounts between $13,500 and $25,560. Each of the five grocery stores is owned by Kroger Co., which is based in Ohio.

Some stores failed to adhere to store capacity limits, which did not allow workers to socially distance. Two stores failed to report a fatal COVID-19 case to Cal/OSHA, and two other locations failed to provide proper training on how to avoid infection as well as properly disinfect the stores.

At least two of the grocery stores were cited for not installing barriers to protect workers during interaction with customers.

More information on Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 guidelines can be found at dir.ca.gov.

About the Author

Nikki Johnson-Bolden is an Associate Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety.

Download Center

  • Safety Metrics Guide

    Is your company leveraging its safety data and analytics to maintain a safe workplace? With so much data available, where do you start? This downloadable guide will give you insight on helpful key performance indicators (KPIs) you should track for your safety program.

  • Job Hazard Analysis Guide

    This guide includes details on how to conduct a thorough Job Hazard Analysis, and it's based directly on an OSHA publication for conducting JHAs. Learn how to identify potential hazards associated with each task of a job and set controls to mitigate hazard risks.

  • A Guide to Practicing “New Safety”

    Learn from safety professionals from around the world as they share their perspectives on various “new views” of safety, including Safety Differently, Safety-II, No Safety, Human and Organizational Performance (HOP), Resilience Engineering, and more in this helpful guide.

  • Lone Worker Safety Guide

    As organizations digitalize and remote operations become more commonplace, the number of lone workers is on the rise. These employees are at increased risk for unaddressed workplace accidents or emergencies. This guide was created to help employers better understand common lone worker risks and solutions for lone worker risk mitigation and incident prevention.

  • EHS Software Buyer's Guide

    Learn the keys to staying organized, staying sharp, and staying one step ahead on all things safety. This buyer’s guide is designed for you to use in your search for the safety management solution that best suits your company’s needs.

  • Vector Solutions

Featured Whitepaper

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - May 2022

    May 2022

    Featuring:

    • WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY
      How Wearable Technology is Transforming Safety and the Industrial Workplace
    • TRAINING: CONFINED SPACES
      Five Tips to Improve Safety in Confined Spaces
    • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE
      Monitor for Asbestos to Help Save Lives
    • PPE: FALL PROTECTION
      Fall Protection Can Be Surprising
    View This Issue