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Construction groups encourage vaccines as they decry OSHA mandate

November 18, 2021

OSHA’s vaccine mandate would make all businesses with 100 workers or more face fines — with a maximum penalty of $13,653 per violation and willful or repeated violations carrying a $136,532 maximum per violation — if their employees do not get vaccinated. The mandate was stayed last week and is awaiting a decision by a federal appeals court, but experts have said that trying to wait it out is a gamble.

Construction workers have shown high reluctance for getting the shots, with about 50% saying they were hesitant to do so, according to data from The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR). For all other occupations, hesitancy is around 20%.

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