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Improve security at State Hospital


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Nov 23, 2013

~~<p>Workplace violence should not be a way of life for any health care employee &mdash; but for those working at the Hawaii State Hospital, an assault occurs an average of every three days. Like the healing of some staffers seriously injured by patients, the process to improve safety conditions at the Kaneohe hospital is likewise slow and painful. Alarmed, state lawmakers are now delving into the situation, and hearings to be held in a couple of weeks must lead to improvements.</p>
<p>In a news conference Wednesday, several workers hurt on the job outlined drastic conditions, detailing injuries that have left them on workers comp for months. Psychiatric technician Emelinda Yarte has been out for four years after she was slammed into a wall, and beaten on her head and spine.</p>
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Workplace violence should not be a way of life for any health care employee — but for those working at the Hawaii State Hospital, an assault occurs an average of every three days. Like the healing of some staffers seriously injured by patients, the process to improve safety conditions at the Kaneohe hospital is likewise slow and painful. Alarmed, state lawmakers are now delving into the situation, and hearings to be held in a couple of weeks must lead to improvements.

In a news conference Wednesday, several workers hurt on the job outlined drastic conditions, detailing injuries that have left them on workers comp for months. Psychiatric technician Emelinda Yarte has been out for four years after she was slammed into a wall, and beaten on her head and spine. Login for more...



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