FM College ~ News & Articles

OSHA Cites Hospital for Failing to Keep Employees Safe from Patients

May 30, 2023 | Public | 0 comments


Staff members of Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion reportedly suffered concussions, lacerations and sprains from patients.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a Columbus, Ohio hospital for failing to protect its employees from patients whose bites, kicks, punches and other assaults caused serious injuries.

Following a complaint of unsafe working conditions, an investigation occurred at the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in November 2022.  OSHA determined the facility did not protect its employees from violent incidents involving the hospital’s patients. Staff reportedly suffered concussions, lacerations, contusions and sprains. The agency also learned the facility failed to keep proper records of employees injuries as required.

The Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion at Nationwide Children’s Hospital provides acute behavioral health services with intensive outpatient programs

The facility was cited for one serious violation and one other-than-serious violation and proposed $18,000 in penalties. The company has 15 days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

The post "OSHA Cites Hospital for Failing to Keep Employees Safe from Patients" appeared first on Healthcare Facilities Today


Submit a Comment

Victoria High School opens after upgrade

  Work is complete on the upgrade and expansion of Victoria High School. The new addition creates spaces for 200 more...

Toronto adopts renewed climate actions

Toronto’s goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2040 is at risk unless transformative actions are taken across all orders...

Emergency Preparedness for Climate Disasters: Overcoming Hurdles in Schools

Editor’s note: FM Perspectives are industry op-eds. The views expressed are the authors’ and do not necessarily reflect...

WorldGBC calls on EU policymakers to prioritise sustainable built environment policies

A set of new sustainable building policy recommendations has been launched by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC),...

Northeast Georgia Medical Center Lumpkin Officially Opens

The new 66,000-square-foot hospital is located in Dahlonega, Georgia. Residents in Dahlonega, Dawsonville and surrounding...