US Dept. of Labor cites Colorado nursing home for workplace violence hazards

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A Rocky Ford nursing home has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for workplace violence hazards.

Pioneer Health Care Center (PHCC) of Rocky Ford has been cited for failing to protect its employees from violence in the workplace and faces proposed penalties of $9,054, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

OSHA opened an investigation at PHCC in response to two complaints related to workplace violence received in Aug. 2017. OSHA then identified five documented incidents of workplace violence in 2017 that resulted in employee injuries, along with several unreported incidents.

Officials say OSHA issued one serious citation for failing to implement adequate measures to protect employees from workplace violence hazards.

Officials say PHCC has 15 business days from when it received its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or to contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

PHCC provides residential services that mostly consist of long-term care and mental health services.

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