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LI nursing & rehab centers cited by OSHA for alleged COVID-19 violations

According to OSHA, the facilities are facing fines totaling in the tens of thousands of dollars. Among the alleged violations are not reporting a work-related death within eight hours and violating a standard that requires employees to be medically evaluated before wearing tight-fitting face respirators.

News 12 Staff

Nov 23, 2020, 11:11 PM

Updated 1,304 days ago

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Multiple Long Island nursing and rehab centers have been cited for alleged COVID-19 violations.
According to OSHA, the facilities are facing fines totaling in the tens of thousands of dollars. Among the alleged violations are not reporting a work-related death within eight hours and violating a standard that requires employees to be medically evaluated before wearing tight-fitting face respirators.
One of the centers facing penalties, Cold Spring Hills Centers for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Woodbury, sent out a statement saying, "We are currently contesting the citation from OSHA and have presented OSHA with evidence demonstrating our compliance with applicable regulations."
Facilities in Bethpage, West Babylon and Glen Cove are also facing violations. The full list can be found here.
Vivian Zayas co-founded the group Voice for Seniors after her mother died of COVID-19 in a West Islip nursing home.
"If OSHA is finally doing something about it, we applaud any effort that would allow these facilities to be safe enough for visitation, but that's only part of the equation, family members need access," says Zayas.
Zayas ultimately says she hopes the fines serve as a reminder to facilities that they must follow the law.
"It's criminal that our seniors, who sometimes don't know what's going on, feel neglected and abandoned in these facilities and our politicians and our leaders in an effort to save them, are killing them through another death -- loneliness kills people," says Zayas.
A spokesperson for the Department of Labor, which OSHA is part of, says, "The Department is committed to protecting America's workers during the pandemic, and OSHA has been working around the clock to that end. Both of these cases are open pending abatement of violations. No additional information is available until the case is completed and closed.


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