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Tufts Medical Center Pays $5K to Settle OSHA Issue

Following complaints filed to OSHA by the Massachusetts Nurses Association, Tufts Medical Center has agreed to pay $5,000 to settle issues in record-keeping. OSHA cited the hospital for failing to properly record employee injuries that occurred on the job, including back strains, broken thumbs, needle-stick injuries, and cuts from sharp objects.

The Nurses Association distributed a press release several weeks ago saying the hospital showed a lack of concern for the health and safety of its workers. The union also picketed the hospital earlier this year to protest changes in nurses’ staffing patterns.

In response, the hospital issued a statement saying the incomplete employee injury logs were caused by recent changes in recording requirements. They also say the employee injury logs were corrected soon after OSHA notified them of the omissions.

Source: Tufts Medical Center to pay $5,000 to settle record-keeping issue with OSHA, Patriot Ledger, April 30, 2010
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