Behavioral Health Facility Reprimanded Once More for Safety Violations After Staff Member’s Injury – Occupational Health & Safety

In November 2023, a mental health technician at Circles of Care Inc.’s facility in Melbourne, Florida was injured after being attacked by a patient. The incident resulted in serious injuries and triggered an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA found that the company did not have adequate safeguards in place to prevent such incidents and has cited them for a repeat violation.

In addition to failing to report the employee’s hospitalization within 24 hours, as required by law, Circles of Care is now facing $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 expressed shock at the company’s failure to protect its employees from known dangers such as patient assault, which often leads to serious harm and trauma for workers.

Circles of Care Inc. has 15 business days to comply with the citations and penalties, request an informal conference, or contest the agency’s findings. However, this latest incident raises concerns about the company’s commitment to ensuring the safety of its employees in the face of known risks.

By Samantha Johnson

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