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Hospital fined by OSHA for safety violations

Hospital Safety Insider, October 28, 2010

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Oregon State Hospital in Salem, OR, was fined by OSHA after failing to give staff members self-defense training for dealing with violent patients.

The Statesman Journal reported that OSHA fined the hospital $3,750 for violating three major safety violations:

  • • Failing to provide timely training for staffers to use shields as "a tool to protect employees from projectiles, riots, and to approach patients in order to secure them."
  • • Not reporting to OSHA that a worker was hospitalized in late January after being assaulted by a patient.
  • • Lack of written verification showing that a "hazard assessment" had been performed to ensure employees were provided with adequate personal protective equipment.

Visit The StatesmanJournal.com to find out more.



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