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

A Monmouth County maker where 2 workers– a couple– died from coronavirus and dozens of other employees got infected has been fined more than $13,000 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for stopping working to secure its employees from exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace.The agency on Thursday revealed the findings of its examination into Eatontown-based biotechnology business Avantor Fluid Handling LLC, where two people died and two were hospitalized from the virus last fall, OSHA stated in a press release. In overall, 30 out of 50 employees at the facility tested favorable for the coronavirus, OSHA stated.”Two employees lost their others and lives were sickened because their company failed to take the precautions required to keep them safe,” stated OSHA Area Director Paula Dixon-Roderick in Marlton. “Tragically, this case must advise all employers of the significance of fully carrying out coronavirus prevention procedures.”Cases broke out at the Avantor Fluid Handling center in November of 2020, when the 4 staff members evaluated positive for the coronavirus, 2 of whom– a partner and spouse– died in January. An investigation was introduced after the company informed OSHA to the employees illnesses.OSHA declares that Avantor stopped working to enforce safety protocols that would have prevented the spread of the virus at the facility, such as social distancing and mask using in common locations. The company faces $13,653 in proposed penalties, and has 15 days to either pay the fine, contest the citation or request a conference with OSHA.A spokesperson for Avantor pointed out that the company manufactures pharmaceutical ingredients, consisting of those utilized to make the COVID-19 vaccine. As such, the facility, “has for several years run as a sterilized, cleanroom environment where partners regularly use masks, gowns and other important protective clothing as they manufacture technologies used in healthcare applications. “To make sure the security and wellness of our employee, which is our leading concern, we regularly customized safety practices in response to emerging assistance from state and federal authorities. We are presently in an useful discussion with OSHA relating to the matter.”OSHA pointed out the business for breaching the administrations basic duty clause, which requires companies to ensure offices are devoid of acknowledged dangers that might trigger death or serious physical harm.Avantor Fluid Handling LLC makes devices for pharmaceutical and biotech industries at its Eatontown facility. Media representatives for the company did not instantly respond to a demand for comment.Our journalism needs your support. Please subscribe today to NJ.com.Avalon Zoppo might be reached at azoppo2@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @AvalonZoppo.

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