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State hospital fined $27K for worker safety lapses

Posted: December 3, 2012 10:30 a.m.
Updated: December 3, 2012 10:30 a.m.

ATASCADERO, Calif. (AP) — A California mental hospital has been fined more than $27,000 for failing to implement worker safety measures.

The Los Angeles Times reports state worker safety officials fined Atascadero State Hospital for failure to prevent patient assaults on staff at the central coast facility.

Cal-OSHA says hospital employees suffered a monthly average of 10 patient-caused injuries in the first nine months of the year.

The newspaper says corrective measures to control those assaults were not effectively implemented.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.



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