Assaults at hospital draw OSHA workplace violence fine

By: May 3rd, 2012 Email This Post Print This Post

Lakeview Specialty Hospital, Waterford, WI, made the headlines when it received an OSHA fine for not protecting workers from workplace violence hazards.

According to OSHA, the agency initiated an investigation after receiving a complaint that a staff member had been severely beaten and threatened by a patient at the facility on Sept. 28, 2011. A police report was also filed the Racine County Sheriff’s Department.

The investigation revealed multiple assaults on workers at the facility, and OSHA has proposed $12,ooo in penalties under “general duty clause for failing to provide a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause serious injury or death,” according to a May 1 news release.

“These citations point to a clear and pressing need for employers operating similar facilities to develop comprehensive and effective programs that proactively address workplace violence situations imperiling the safety and health of their workers,” said George Yoksas, OSHA’s area director in Milwaukee, according to the news release. “Prevention, protection, communication and awareness training are critical to safeguarding these workers against the possibility of death or injury.”

Lakeview Neurorehab Center Midwest, which operates as Lakeview Specialty Hospital in Waterford, employees 325 workers at its long-term acute care hospital and adult and child residential care facilities.


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