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Michigan businesses fined for lax worker virus protections

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Posted at 10:13 PM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 22:31:29-04

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan has fined six businesses thousands of dollars for allegedly not protecting workers from the coronavirus.

The moves are described as an initial round of citations in cases where regulators flag serious violations.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the companies for infractions like letting employees work near each other without masks.

One business, Coop’s Iron Works — a fitness center in Saginaw — opened in defiance of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order that has kept gyms closed.

The local health department referred the fitness club after it became associated with nearly 20 cases of the virus.

The five other businesses

— United Shore Financial Services (based in Pontiac)

— UPS distribution facility (Livonia)

— Speedway gas station and convenience store (Waterford)

— Dan Freed, residential contractor (based in Eaton Rapids)

— Hills Roofing (based in Niles)