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Stabbing of worker turns into OSHA citation

When an employee goes to work, she or he should not have to worry about sustaining an injury or being killed while on the job. Still, workplace accidents happen all of the time. This is why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is tasked with ensuring that employers are following federal regulations. Recently, OSHA cited Integra Health Management after investigations determined that two violations occurred when a female worker for the company was killed by a patient.

The woman's death occurred after she visited a patient in Dade City, Florida. The 25-year-old service coordinator was tasked with visiting the homes of patients, ensuring that they were on proper medications and seeking medical attention when needed. But in December, the woman went to the home of a 53-year-old man with a criminal history. The woman had visited this man in the past without any incident but had written in her notes that he made her feel uncomfortable. Her notes went on, suggesting that she not be allowed to visit this individual alone.

Her alleged fears came true during that December visit when witnesses reported seeing her fleeing the man's home, screaming. The man caught up to her in the street and stabbed her several times before she was rushed to a hospital in Dade City. Officials said that she was pronounced dead at the medical facility. The man was charged with first-degree murder but has been ruled unfit to stand trial so he will begin treatment at a state mental hospital. His criminal history included a seven-year stint behind bars between 1998 and 2005 after being charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Other crimes saw him incarcerated for another seven years.

An official with Integra said that OSHA's citations would be challenged. Many employers attempt to do this after being accused of violations by the federal regulatory agency. If you have been hurt on the job, get in touch with a lawyer as soon as possible. You may be able to seek compensation for the injuries you have sustained, especially if your employer is directly responsible.

Source:  The Ledger, "OSHA Cites Company for Lakeland Woman's Death" Clifford Parody, Jun. 10, 2013

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