Inspection at ASH follows staff complaint
September 29, 2011
Cal/OSHA inspectors are checking out Atascadero State Hospital this week in response to a claim of unsafe working conditions at the hospital by a staff member. [KCOY]
The investigation comes on the heels of several patient assaults on ASH staff members.
On Sept. 20, Archie Alshapaul, 30, allegedly stabbed a male psychiatric technician in the face. Alshapaul was arrested on three felony counts — suspicion of assault, obstruction of justice and threatening a police officer.
In late August, ASH patient Desmond Jovan Watkins, 34, allegedly assaulted an unnamed tech who suffered a serious head injury and a broken facial bone.
Watkins is accused of committing two felonies — battery with serious injury and force likely to produce great bodily injury.
ASH psychiatric technician Tess Linhares has noticed an increase in staff assaults.
“A vast majority of the assaults I have seen lately have been coming from the MDO commitments, it’s the mentally disordered offenders,” Linhares told KCOY. “They are at ASH as a stipulation of parole to receive more treatment because they are not efficiently or safely able to be out in the community.”
California Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigators have been at the hospital since Monday. Because of confidentiality practices, officials are not disclosing the specifics of the complaint.