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OSHA investigates 3,000-pound equipment fall that injures two

A 3,000-pound piece of equipment fell onto two men in an Illinois hospital on January 19 and has spurred an investigation by (OSHA).

The accident happened at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, IL, where two hospital workers were injured in a narrow maintenance corridor, reported The Chicago Tribune. The investigation is still ongoing.

A hospital spokeswoman reported the organization is unsure of the cause of the accident and that it plans to execute all recommendations given by OSHA after the investigation.

Advocate Good Samaritan has been in the spotlight before with OSHA, in 2002 and in 1993. In 2002, OSHA inspectors found blocked doors and walkways, but the hospital was not fined. In 1993, OSHA found that workers were exposed to patients infected with tuberculosis, and were not given the appropriate number of respirators, reported The Chicago Tribune.

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Erica Jordan About the Author: Erica is an Editorial Assistant and manages Infection Control Weekly Monitor and Hospital Safety Connection. She also blogs weekly for Stressed Out Nurses and Patient Safety.

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  1. I don’t believe that a citation is always necessary when OSHA visits. Even in an event like this, I believe that if the OSHA officals had the slightest concern, they would have cited the hospital under the general duty clause. The previous OSHA violations were not related to this incident and should not be considered given the time between occurrences.

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