Its well established that Atascadero State Hospital is a dangerous place to work, and its no surprise that all of the states forensic hospitals share the same concerns. When the psychiatric technician union filed a complaint and Cal-OSHA responded by identifying problem areas and issuing citations immediate action was needed not ongoing meetings and work groups.
I doubt the psychiatric technician union president was exaggerating when stating they didnt want anybody to die.
But I dont understand why these citations carry a fine. Nine months ago, the penalties were $38,555, and this time around they are $25,675. Thats more than $64,000. Who ultimately pays these fines? Isnt it always the taxpayer?
If you want these citations to have an impact, start firing the administrators who erase names from documents and keep incomplete records. After all, the money never comes out of their pockets.