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An Ohio children’s hospital has been cited by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration after inspectors said the facility failed to adequately protect employees against workplace violence perpetuated by patients.
OSHA on Thursday said it cited Columbus-based Nationwide Children’s Hospital for one serious violation and one other-than-serious violation and proposed $18,000 in fines after an investigation sparked by worker complaints found the facility failed to take steps to protect employees from patients whose bites, kicks, punches and other assaults caused serious injuries.
Nurses and mental health staff suffered concussions, lacerations, contusions and sprains after the assaults, which occurred in the facility’s Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion in November 2022. The hospital unit provides acute behavioral health services with intensive outpatient programs.
OSHA also found that the facility failed to keep required records detailing employee injuries.
The hospital has 15 business days to contest the citation and proposed penalties.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital is the second largest pediatric hospital in the country, according to OSHA.