Unsanitary Working Conditions Results In Substantial Fine Against Assisted Living Facility

OSHA, the governmental agency responsible for ensuring safe working conditions, has imposed a substantial fine against a Chicagoland assisted living facility due to health and safety concerns.  The Chicago Sun Times reported that Paradise Park faces 17 safety violations and $72,000 in fines that center around the way the facility handled a 2010 incident in which a nurse practitioner was stuck with a dirty needle after tending to a resident.

Unsanitary Working ConditionsOSHA was critical of the way the facility both handled the way it disposes of medical supplies and how it reacted to the incident.  Amongst the safety violations, Paradise Park was found guilty of:

  • Failing to immediately test the blood of an individual involved in a needle stick incident
  • Failing to ensure that the results of blood tests were communicated to the nurse practitioner involved in the incident
  • Failing to provide a hepatitis B vaccine to the employee within 10 days of her exposure
  • Inadequately training employees about safety in the workplace

Given the opportunity of these dangerous conditions to cause serious harm to employees, I am certainly glad that OSHA got involved.  However, while employee safety is indeed important, what about the safety of the residents at this facility.  How many of them were potentially exposed to contaminated needles as a result of this sloppy care?

For laws related to Illinois nursing homes, look here.

Related:

Dirty Needles May Be Cause Of Hepatitis B Outbreak In Nursing Home

Are Tougher Rules Called For At Assisted Living Facilities?

An Inspirational Tale: Daughter Doesn’t Let Chicagoland Assisted Living Facility Push Her Around

Justia Lawyer Rating for Jonathan Rosenfeld

Client Reviews

★★★★★
Jonathan did a great job helping my family navigate through a lengthy lawsuit involving my grandmother's death in a nursing home. Through every step of the case, Jonathan kept my family informed of the progression of the case. Although our case eventually settled at a mediation, I really was impressed at how well prepared Jonathan was to take the case to trial. Lisa
★★★★★
After I read Jonathan’s Nursing Home Blog, I decided to hire him to look into my wife’s treatment at a local nursing home. Jonathan did a great job explaining the process and the laws that apply to nursing homes. I immediately felt at ease and was glad to have him on my side. Though the lawsuit process was at times frustrating, Jonathan reassured me, particularly at my deposition. I really felt like Jonathan cared about my wife’s best interests, and I think that came across to the lawyers for the nursing home. Eric