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OSHA News Release – Region 4
U.S. Department of Labor
The GEO Group must address workplace violence hazards as a result of
corporate-wide settlement with US Department of Labor
JACKSON, Miss. – The GEO Group Inc., based in Boca Raton, Fla., has entered into a corporate-wide settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor that requires the company to implement comprehensive procedures and policies to better safeguard its workers against the hazards of workplace violence in every correctional and adult detention facility that it manages in the nation.
Chart 2 - Incidence rate for violence and other injuries by persons or animals:
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
The case was litigated by the department's Office of the Solicitor in Atlanta. OSHA's investigation was conducted by the agency's Jackson Area Office.
The GEO Group specializes in correctional, detention and community re-entry services with 95 facilities, approximately 73,000 beds and 18,000 employees around the globe. The GEO Group's facilities are located in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa.
For information on workplace violence, visit http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/workplaceviolence/index.html. The Bureau of Labor Statistics' report on Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days Away from Work, 2012 is now available as well.
To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance; file a complaint or report workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency's Jackson office at 601-965-4606.
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 assure 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.
U.S. Department of Labor news materials are accessible at http://www.dol.gov. The information above is available in large print, Braille, audio tape or disc from the COAST office upon request by calling 202-693-7828 or TTY 202-693-7755.
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