N.J. company where husband, wife died from COVID fined $13K

A producer in Monmouth County the place two staff — a husband and spouse — have died of coronavirus and dozens of different staff have been contaminated has been fined greater than $13,000 by the Occupational Security and Well being Administration for failing to guard its employees from publicity to COVID-19 within the office.

The company on Thursday introduced the outcomes of its investigation into Eatontown-based biotech firm Avantor Fluid Dealing with LLC, the place two folks died and two had been hospitalized with the virus final fall, the Occupational Security and Well being Administration (OSHA) stated in a press launch. The Occupational Security and Well being Administration (OSHA) stated {that a} whole of 30 out of fifty staff on the facility have examined optimistic for the coronavirus.

“Two employees misplaced their lives and others fell ailing as a result of their employer didn’t take precautions to maintain them secure,” stated Paula Dixon-Rodrik, OSHA space supervisor in Marlton. “Tragically, this case ought to remind all employers of the significance of totally implementing coronavirus prevention measures.”

Circumstances erupted on the Avantor Fluid Dealing with facility in November of 2020, when the 4 staff examined optimistic for the coronavirus, two of whom — a husband and spouse — died in January. An investigation was launched after the corporate alerted the Occupational Security and Well being Administration (OSHA) to employee sicknesses.

The Occupational Security and Well being Administration (OSHA) claims that Avantor didn’t implement security protocols that may have prevented the unfold of the virus on the facility, akin to social distancing and carrying masks in widespread areas. The corporate faces $13,653 in proposed fines, and has 15 days to both pay the nice, attraction the quotation, or request a convention with OSHA.

The Occupational Security and Well being Administration cited the corporate’s violation of the administration’s normal obligation clause, which requires employers to make sure that workplaces are free from acknowledged hazards which will trigger loss of life or severe bodily hurt.

Avantor Fluid Dealing with LLC manufactures gear for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries at its Eatontown facility. Media representatives for the corporate didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

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