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Judge Rules Hospital Didn’t Protect Workers From Patient Attacks

May 4, 2021, 9:24 PM

Nurses and other workers at a Florida psychiatric hospital were endangered by repeated patient attacks that their employers failed to prevent, an administrative law judge ruled.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration alleged that workers at Suncoast Behavioral Health Center in Bradenton suffered more than 50 attacks from 2015 through 2017 when residential patients kicked, punched, bit, scratched, pulled, and used scissors as a weapon.

The decision, announced by the U.S. Department of Labor Tuesday, reinforces OSHA’s stance that its general duty clause can be used to cite employers in alleged workplace violence cases.

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