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Region 3


October 5, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Pennsylvania Youth Healthcare Operators
for Exposing Employees to Workplace Violence Hazards

SCHNECKSVILLE, PA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited KidsPeace Inc. for exposing employees to workplace violence hazards at two behavioral and mental health facilities in Orefield, Pennsylvania. The company faces proposed penalties totaling $29,010.

OSHA inspectors investigated KidsPeace Children’s Hospital Inc. and KidsPeace National Centers of North America Inc. – both owned by KidsPeace Inc. – after identifying several workplace incidents. Inspectors found that the employer exposed employees on a daily basis to physical assault, including punching, kicking, and biting, and suffered from concussions and lacerations. OSHA cited the company for failing to adequately address employee exposure to workplace violence hazards.

KidsPeace Inc. has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

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Media Contacts:

Leni Fortson, 215-861-5102, uddyback-fortson.lenore@dol.gov
Joanna Hawkins, 215-861-5101, hawkins.joanna@dol.gov

Release Number: 18-1507-PHI (OSHA 18-65 KidsPeace)


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