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Hospital employees in Highlands Ranch exposed to workplace violence

Posted at 10:33 AM, Apr 22, 2019

GREENWOOD VILLAGE – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational and Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a hospital for failing to protect employees from workplace violence.

UHS of Denver Inc., doing business as Highlands Behavioral Healthcare System based in Highlands Ranch is facing penalties of $11,934.

OSHA opened an investigation at the psychiatric treatment facility after receiving a complaint of workplace violence in October 2018.

Investigators found numerous documented incidents of violence at the hospital where employees were injured as a result.

OSHA issued Highlands Behavioral Healthcare System one serious citation for failing to implement appropriate measures to protect employees from violence in the workplace.

The company now has 15 business days from the time it received the citations and penalties 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 healthy workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help make sure these conditions for working Americans are met and enforced.