Kids’ Special Needs Center Cited for Workplace Violence

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Oreville, PA – Following an investigation of workplace violence, OSHA has cited a nonprofit treatment facility for children with behavioral and mental needs for allegedly exposing employees to workplace violence hazards at its facility in North Whitehall Township.

KidsPeace Children’s Hospital Inc. and KidsPeace National Centers of North America Inc. – both owned by KidsPeace Inc. – face proposed penalties of $29,010.

Inspectors found employees were allegedly exposed on a daily basis to physical assault, including punching, kicking, and biting, and suffered from concussions and lacerations.

The facility was also cited for incorrectly logging where an injury occurred.

According to its website, KidsPeace “provides emotional and physical health care and educational services in an atmosphere of teamwork, compassion, and creativity”.

KidsPeace communications director, Robert Martin, told The Morning Call publication: “We continuously review workplace safety issues at all our facilities, and we have implemented a variety of programs across our services to ensure our associates can continue to provide the care our clients need in a safe and positive environment for all.”

KidsPeace Inc. has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the OSHA Review Commission.