July 2021 Enforcement

Behavioral center to revamp its workplace violence prevention program

Florida

The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration has reached a settlement with a Fort Myers behavioral healthcare and residential treatment facility to prevent future employee injuries after a series of violent incidents in the spring and fall of 2020.

SalusCare Inc. has accepted an OSHA finding that it exposed behavior health technicians to attacks on five occasions in 2020 when workers spat on, kicked in the ribs, and suffered sprains, cuts, fractures, and a concussion. OSHA issued the center a serious citation for failing to adequately protect workers from patient-on-staff violence and an other-than-serious citation for failing to report a worker’s hospitalization within 24 hours. SalusCare agreed to pay $6,747 for these citations.

As part of the settlement, the company will hire a qualified consultant to improve its workplace violence prevention program, develop a way to alert workers to violent patients and triggers that may lead to violence, revise its safety protocols, increase staffing, provide worker training and improve communication about safety.

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Chet Slump
Author: Chet Slump

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