A judge in the administrative court claimed that a behavioral center in Bradenton, Florida, illegally subjected its workers to more than 50 violent attacks from residents, the U.S. Department of Labor said in a statement Tuesday.
Federal Administrative Law Judge Dennis Phillips ruled that the hospital management company UHS of Delaware Inc. and Premier Behavioral Health Solutions of Florida Inc. subjected workers to violence for more than two years, which included being kicked, punched, bitten, dragged and scratched by residents. and that both companies deserve to be sanctioned for destroying surveillance video evidence of workplace violence.
During the 13-day hearing, 15 direct care workers testified about their experiences of violence at the facility and DOL lawyers established at least 55 incidents of patients
In his decision, Judge Phillips found that companies had "sadly inadequate" measures to deal with patient violence against staff and estimated penalties of more than $ 22,000 for lack of security measures and destruction of surveillance video in bad faith.
The judge also ordered UHS and Suncoast to implement mitigation measures, including creating and implementing a comprehensive workplace violence program, hiring specialized security personnel to monitor patients and responding to aggression, engaging staff in internships to respond to patient aggression, and reconfiguring nurses. that patients cannot access it.