An investigation into cases of patient caused injuries may lead to a fine for Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Ct. The six-month investigation, lead by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, found multiple cases of serious patient caused injuries.
During their investigation OSHA found that in the last five years 25 patient caused injuries lead to time off for hospital employees. These cases caused workers to miss 399 days of work and perform 212 days of limited duty.
In addition, 119 other cases of patient-on-worker violence were reported. These incidents did not lead to injury or loss of work for employees.
OSHA has found that Danbury hospital had not put enough measures in place to protect their staff from patient violence. They found that the large hospital has not prevented patients from smuggling in drugs, knives and guns.
The attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren know all too well the dangers of working in a hospital. Though the work can be rewarding all too often employees are subjected to violence and other dangerous working conditions. We sincerely hope that Danbury Hospital and others like it begin to take worker safety more seriously and attempt to reduce the incidence of workplace violence.