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Safety Lapses at Behavioral Health Facility Result in Employee Injury – Occupational Health & SafetyorElse: Safety Violations Lead to Employee Injury at Behavioral Health Facility – Occupational Health & Safety


May 15, 2024

Circles of Care Inc. has been cited by OSHA for safety lapses following an incident in which an employee was injured by a patient at their facility in Melbourne, Florida. The investigation into the incident revealed that the company failed to protect its employees from patient violence, resulting in serious injuries to a mental health technician on November 7, 2023. OSHA found that Circles of Care did not have adequate safeguards in place to prevent such incidents and cited the company for a repeat violation. Additionally, the company was cited for failing to report the employee’s hospitalization within 24 hours, as required by law.

As a result of these violations, Circles of Care now faces $101,000 in proposed OSHA penalties. This is the third time in five years that the company has been cited for safety lapses resulting in serious employee injuries or fatalities. OSHA Area Office Director Erin Sanchez in Orlando expressed shock at Circles of Care’s failure to protect its employees from the recognized danger of patient assault, noting that such attacks can cause serious harm to workers and leave their co-workers traumatized.

Circles of Care Inc. must now comply with the citations and penalties, request an informal conference, or contest the agency’s findings within 15 business days. This repeat violation of safety procedures highlights the importance of maintaining a safe environment for employees in behavioral health facilities.


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