OSHA fines New London’s Lawrence and Memorial Hospital for alleged violations of workplace standards

New London

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — New London’s Lawrence and Memorial Hospital has been charged with a federal fine for alleged violations of workplace standards.

The hospital is accused of having two ‘serious’ violations centered on the hospital’s failure to comply with respiratory protection regulations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a fine of $15,422 to the facility.

A spokesperson for L&M Hospital sent a statement to News 8 Thursday morning, which reads,

“The OSHA report contains important insights but we take issue with some, including the citation for lacking a specific COVID-19 policy regarding respiratory protection. Given the unprecedented nature of the virus, we are unaware of any hospitals that carried such protocols at the onset of this pandemic. Additionally, the OSHA report does not indicate any lack of appropriate PPE for our staff throughout the pandemic. Our top priority is to protect our patients and staff and as such, our protocols have always followed guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as that of the experts within our Health System. We are working through the administrative process with OSHA in resolving the citation.”

The Yale New Haven Health system is working with OSHA to resolve the situation.

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