Vital stats: Types of OSHA violations in healthcare facilities
Last year, OSHA issued 3,674 citations to healthcare facilities; the majority of those violations (62%) were characterized as serious. Serious violations are issued when death or serious physical harm could result and the employer knew or should have known about the hazard.
Other-than-serious violations are issued for situations that may cause a minor accident or illness but not death or serious physical harm.
Both types of fines can be as high as $7,000 per violation.
Repeat violations are issued when the same, or very similar, violations are found for the second time in three years. Repeat violations can be as high as $70,000.
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Source: OSHA Office of Management Systems