Safety

OSHA cites Maine hospital for workplace violence problems

OSHA Healthcare Connection, February 1, 2011

Acadia Hospital in Bangor, ME, received a citation from OSHA for allegedly not providing adequate safeguards for employees from violent patients and visitors, according to a January 28 OSHA news release.

The $6,300 proposed fine under the general duty clause is the result of an investigation conducted by OSHA in July 7, 2010, as a response to worker complaints. The investigation found 115 instances during a period of two years in which workers were assaulted by violent patients of the psychiatric hospital and its clinics, according to OSHA.

For more details, see the featured post on the OSHA Healthcare Advisor.

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