ASH fined for assaults on employees
November 30, 2012
A Cal/OSHA investigation determined that from January to September patients caused an average of 10 injuries per month at ASH. Cal/OSHA said the hospital could have implemented several safety measures to prevent the attacks on employees but did not do so.
The state mandates that every employer maintain an effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program.
Cal/OSHA also discovered that the hospital erased names of injured employees in records requested by the agency. ASH received an additional $450 fine for erasing the names, as well as a $225 fine for placing a table in front of an electrical panel.
ASH has 15 days to decide to appeal the penalties.