ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Human Services is contesting citations it received earlier this month for workplace safety violations at the state’s largest hospital for people considered mentally ill and dangerous.
The state office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a $63,000 fine for violations from May through July at Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter. OSHA imposed a January deadline to resolve the issuesREAD MORE: 'We Just Wanted To Go Hard': Shoppers Endure Early Mornings, Long Lines For Black Friday Deals
Minnesota Public Radio News reports hospital executive director Carol Olson said in a memo to staff that the administration has taken steps to reduce workplace violence. Olson says the hospital opened an admissions unit and added cameras and other equipment to improve safety.READ MORE: Minnesota Wild Celebrates Native American Heritage Day With Special Jerseys
OSHA reported 102 staff injuries from assaults this year, compared to 78 last year.MORE NEWS: Even After Heartbreaking Loss, 11-Year-Old Nika Hirsch Continues Black Friday Quest To Do 1,000 Kind Deeds
(© Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)