When you think about workplace safety, you likely picture employees participating in training on how to use equipment or how to avoid an accident. For some Colorado professionals, there are other occupational hazards that can lead to on-the-job injury cases. As a recent incident in another state demonstrates, businesses should analyze every aspect of employee safety in order to ensure maximum protection.
A security hospital in Minnesota has been pressured lately to handle patients differently through putting them in isolation or restraints less often. Additionally, security guards work more closely with patients now than compared to years past. According to a union representative for the staff at the hospital, there have been more injuries to employees as a result of the changes. In fact, the situation has become so dangerous that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the facility $4,900 for failing to protect staff from violent patients.