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Window washer’s death leads to state OSHA fines against a hospital

Hospital Safety Insider, March 24, 2010

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A hospital and a window washing company were both fined by Minnesota’s OSHA agency stemming from the death of a window washer who fell from scaffolding at the facility in September.

Park Nicollete Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, MN, was fined $7,000 by the state, and CID Services, LLC, of Minnesota was fined $28,750, according to records available from federal OSHA.
 
Minnesota OSHA cited the hospital under the state’s suspension scaffolds standard, which requires scaffolds to be installed with proper support and workers on scaffolds to be provided with safety belts. CID Services was also cited under the scaffold standard, as well as under a state statute requiring employers provide personnel with hazard-free workplaces.
 
Both the hospital and CID Services are contesting the citations, according to WCCO-TV in Minneapolis.



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