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Region 4 News Release
Release Number: 04-1592-ATL (178)
Tues., August 24, 2004
Contact: Roberto Sanchez       Jo Anne Burgoyne
Phone: (205) 731-1534       (404) 562-2076


Alabama Nursing Home Facility Agrees to Work with OSHA
To Abate Ergonomics Hazards

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced that the Jacksonville Health and Rehabilitation, L.L.C. headquartered in Tuscaloosa, Ala., has entered into an agreement to cooperate with the agency by adopting specific measures to reduce back and shoulder injuries for employees who lift nursing-home residents at the company's Jacksonville, Ala. facility.

"This agreement reflects the company's commitment to eliminate serious musculoskeletal injuries in a cooperative manner," said Roberto Sanchez, OSHA's area director in Birmingham. "We look forward to working with Jacksonville Health and Rehabilitation to eliminate injuries as the company takes proactive steps to eliminate hazards and better protect its employees."

The company has also agreed to ensure the appropriate use of mechanical lift-assist devices, and update employee-training programs.

The agreement settles a citation issued by the OSHA Birmingham area office to the nursing facility. During an inspection, the agency found that the facility's injury and illness records included a number of musculoskeletal injuries sustained by nursing assistants that resulted in lost work time and restricted work duty.

The company has also agreed to develop and implement policies regarding maintenance and use of mechanical lift and transfer devices, and to evaluate the use of other equipment designed to lower the rate of musculoskeletal injuries among direct care staff.

OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information visit www.osha.gov.


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