Bergen Medical Center Facing Violations

The Bergen Regional Medical Center is being looked at by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after being accused that they placed employees in potentially harmful situations with violent patients. The administration cited the hospital for eight incidents that occurred between February 22 and June 12, in which they found employees had reported being injured, threatened or held in rooms against their will. OSHA officials stated that the county owned hospital, located in Paramus New Jersey, could have avoided most of these situations and failed to record workplace injuries resulting in a fine of $13,600. A hospital spokeswoman stated that many patients with mental health issues and addictions can be unpredictable and it is the hospital’s main goal to work with OSHA to ensure safety in the workplace.

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