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Hospital fined for lack of workplace violence protection

Hospital Safety Insider, March 17, 2011

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OSHA fined Franklin Hospital Medical Center in Valley Stream, NY, $4,500 for failing to protect its staff from violence after a nurse was attacked and injured.

The nurse was giving psychiatric patients a group therapy session when she was attacked, OSHA reports. After OSHA inspected the facility, they found that Franklin Medical Center had not instituted any workplace violence prevention measures such as weapon screening, violent patient screening, or staff training on violence.

Check out OSHA’s Workplace Violence Safety and Health Topics page for more information on decreasing hospital violence.



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