OSHA Fines Hospital for Failing to Provide a Safe Workplace

  1. 7 Federal investigation finds safety violations at The Acadia Hospital


    BANGOR, Maine-The report on a months-long federal investigation at The Acadia Hospital was released on Tuesday and cited the hospital for failing to provide a safe workplace for employees.
    The investigation by the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration also faulted the hospital for inadequately documenting work-related injuries and imposed a total fine of $11,700.

    The OSHA investigation was triggered in July 2010 by an employee complaint of an unacceptable increase in patient assaults and staff injuries in the wake of a stringent "no restraints" policy imposed by Acadia CEO and president David Proffitt, who was hired in September 2008. Media reports of the investigation elicited a deluge of employee allegations, mostly anonymous, that Proffitt's policies and management style not only have undermined employee safety and moral but also have jeopardized patient care at the private, for-profit hospital.
    Proffitt, who ran into similar criticism in his previous post as superintendent of the state-owned Riverview Psychiatric Hospital in Augusta, has defended his restraints policy as keeping with national standards supported by federal mental health agencies, professional associations and advocacy groups.

    http://new.bangordailynews.com/2011/...adia-hospital/
    Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Jan 28, '11 : Reason: To comply with Copyright and terms of service
  2. Visit  amaikiwi profile page

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    Joined Apr '08; Posts: 8; Likes: 8.

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  3. Visit  makes needs known profile page
    9
    It's all about money though isn't it? Facilities want everything to be maintained and the least amount of people it takes to maintain safety is what they want. I see it in my LTC/rehab facility and they are so quick to point fingers when something happens and argue that we aren't considering our priorities. Meanwhile they fail to notice that we are are running too fast and too hard. What is the priority? Physical safety of patients and staff, or a bunch of information that could discover if they were to come an actually work a floor or unit once in awhile. I mean really work, take off your nice shoes and put some sneakers on and actually run to answer that alarm. Do you think that will ever happen?
    FocusRN, Bella'sMyBaby, nurse0520, and 6 others like this.
  4. Visit  mskate profile page
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    Lets see the CEO come into work everyday and be beaten up. See how he feels then.
    GooeyRN, FocusRN, Bella'sMyBaby, and 12 others like this.
  5. Visit  blondy2061h profile page
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    I'm glad Osha is on this. I truly hate needing restraining patients, but I would not work some place that wouldn't allow it. Restraints are sometimes the only thing that can keep a patient and others safe.
    FocusRN, Bella'sMyBaby, Loreta, and 7 others like this.
  6. Visit  belgarion profile page
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    I think it's great that OSHA got involved in this issue. But at the risk of being a wet blanket, think about this.

    The fine for say, checking the wrong box or not filling in a blank when transferring a patient to another facility is $50,000 per incident and possible loss of CMS certification.

    The fine for not documenting worker injuries properly or failure to provide for their safety is $11,700?

    Anybody else see a lack of balance here?
    GooeyRN, Kooky Korky, Hoozdo, and 34 others like this.
  7. Visit  caroladybelle profile page
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    I agree with the above.

    The fine is a mere slap on the wrist. Given the pay rate of many hospital CEOs, a drop in the bucket and certainly much less than the cost of instituting the proper safety measures.
    Jarnaes, Bella'sMyBaby, Loreta, and 4 others like this.
  8. Visit  Lennonninja profile page
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    Strangely fitting that the CEO's last name is "Proffitt"
    lindarn, FocusRN, Bella'sMyBaby, and 6 others like this.
  9. Visit  TDCHIM profile page
    5
    That fine is truly pathetic. I've never been the sue-happy type, but in this case I can only hope that the decision unleashes or strengthens a number of employee lawsuits. A few successful lawsuits might put enough of a dent in the management's wallet to force through some positive changes in working conditions.
    lindarn, Bella'sMyBaby, nurse0520, and 2 others like this.
  10. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    Quote from amaikiwi
    Federal investigation finds safety violations at The Acadia Hospital


    BANGOR, Maine-The report on a months-long federal investigation at The Acadia Hospital was released on Tuesday and cited the hospital for failing to provide a safe workplace for employees.
    The investigation by the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration also faulted the hospital for inadequately documenting work-related injuries and imposed a total fine of $11,700.

    The OSHA investigation was triggered in July 2010 by an employee complaint of an unacceptable increase in patient assaults and staff injuries in the wake of a stringent "no restraints" policy imposed by Acadia CEO and president David Proffitt, who was hired in September 2008. Media reports of the investigation elicited a deluge of employee allegations, mostly anonymous, that Proffitt's policies and management style not only have undermined employee safety and moral but also have jeopardized patient care at the private, for-profit hospital.
    Proffitt, who ran into similar criticism in his previous post as superintendent of the state-owned Riverview Psychiatric Hospital in Augusta, has defended his restraints policy as keeping with national standards supported by federal mental health agencies, professional associations and advocacy groups.

    http://new.bangordailynews.com/2011/...adia-hospital/

    It's about time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    lindarn, herring_RN, Bella'sMyBaby, and 1 other like this.
  11. Visit  AZ_LPN_8_26_13 profile page
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    Quote from belgarion
    I think it's great that OSHA got involved in this issue. But at the risk of being a wet blanket, think about this.

    The fine for say, checking the wrong box or not filling in a blank when transferring a patient to another facility is $50,000 per incident and possible loss of CMS certification.

    The fine for not documenting worker injuries properly or failure to provide for their safety is $11,700?

    Anybody else see a lack of balance here?
    Our country's laws are crafted by corporate America, to favor and protect corporate America. That's the bottom line.
    TDCHIM, lindarn, herring_RN, and 4 others like this.
  12. Visit  cdicapua profile page
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    I agree with the above. Health Care is broken It has to be fixed. Cheers to those employees that had the b's to report
    Bella'sMyBaby likes this.
  13. Visit  bradleau profile page
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    I have put up with hostile patients for over 32 years. I have been kicked. But the worst was with a patient that the staff had told the supervisor about being a trouble maker. This male patient was up walking and entering female patients rooms. He was on camera, but the response time to call us was not fast enough. That tech had to watch 4 cameras, monitored the telementry of up to 48 patients, as well as measured strips, and other busy work. This male patient left his room, and went to the back hall. My tech went one way and I the other. He was found naked in another mans room. I stood in the hall and asked him to come out. He did, promptly slugging me in the head and jaw. No body language warning or verbal warning. I just got slugged, and had cracked, loosened molars from his assult. The police, who do the security at my hospital, took a report. Nothing was done about it. Other than playing games with workmans comp. I am finally getting the work done on my teeth two years later. A bridge for the upper right,one tooth had to be pulled, and a root canal on the lower right molar. This patient had not been violent in the past. Usually just had to be reminded to go to his room. This time was different. The family witnessed the assult. Their son, the other patient, had informed us that he had PTSD and to not awaken him unless staying at a distance. This family commented to me that they were surprised to see that I did not react by hitting back. I was too much in mental shock to have done so.
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  14. Visit  cdsga profile page
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    There are so many unsafe issues that healthcare providers work around everyday. OSHA will come anytime anyone complains, so if you would like changes made-don't sue, just call OSHA and report your facility. They or State investigators will come in unannounced and take a look around. While they are there they may see other things. The facility can be fined for not providing adequate personal protective attire/equip. But that does not guarantee that the employee will wear it, and they will get fined also. Restraints being withheld are stupid. Not all patients are in their right mind and if I can't protect myself or my peers and feel safe providing care, then I'm walking out. I'm not a punching bag, and I won't work in that type of environment.
    I worked in a place that had a dumb-waiter elevator when at the desired floor was not level by maybe 1/4 inch or so. When we tried to move heavy carts it was a struggle to get it out of the elevator car. One day after this was reported in writing and on the computer several times-through proper channels with no response-an employee was pulling a cart off this elevator for an emergency OR case and the cart fell on her and caused spinal damage ending her career. It's so unnecessary for these types of situations. The thing I learned, is call your supervisor, report the problem in writing/document, and if nothing is done, keep going up the chain, but get OSHA involved early. Too many people are injured at too early an age, and unfortunately all the facility is required to do is post warnings, provide equipment, etc., but it's still up to the individual to protect themselves and use prudent judgement, or make the choice to change employment to a safer place. Once you report, be prepared with another job lined up. You will probably pay the price, but it is for the better sometimes. Everything happens for a reason and if you feel led to report, then your path will be clearly shown to you.
    TDCHIM and Bella'sMyBaby like this.


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