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Crackdowns grow on construction firms that fail to follow COVID-19 guidelines

States, cities, and OSHA enforce social distancing, hand-washing regulations.


By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | July 29, 2020

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Several jurisdictions are stepping up enforcement of COVID-19 rules on construction sites.

Construction companies that don’t follow guidelines for social distancing, hand-washing, and other coronavirus-related precautions face court action, fines, and possible shutdowns. Many cities and counties have given 30-day grace periods, but some building departments say they will now crack down on scofflaws.

Officials in New York City, Austin, Texas, and Montgomery County, Maryland have spoken out recently to put contractors on notice. Residents in New York City and Austin have been reporting violations of COVID-19 safety guidelines—more than 6,000 complaints have been lodged in New York City and over 70 have been recorded in Austin.

OSHA is also stepping up enforcement. In Nevada, the agency fined the joint venture in charge of construction at the Allegiant Stadium project $13,494 for a “serious” coronavirus-related violation.

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