Minnesota nursing home worker's death triggers OSHA fines
April 26, 2021
A St. Louis Park nursing home has paid the state's largest fine for a COVID-related workplace safety violation following the death of a beloved caregiver last May.
Sholom Community Alliance paid $27,100 in fines after David Kolleh, a manager in the facility's memory care unit, died from the coronavirus as it spread in the home, newly released inspection files from the state Labor Department show.
The nursing home's penalty included a $25,000 citation for failing to deploy an adequate respiratory program for workers, a sum nearly four times the maximum $7,000 penalty per serious violation. Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA) inspectors determined the facility's failure "caused or contributed to" Kolleh's death.