Minnesota OSHA investigating violent attack of security hospital staffer

Minnesota OSHA officials are investigating the violent assault of a mental illness division hospital staffer in St. Peter.

A 16-year-old patient at the Minnesota Security Hospital bashed the female staff member’s head into a brick wall and kicked her repeatedly on July 13 at 7:23 p.m., the Department of Human Services confirmed.

The woman reportedly started having seizures on the ground and was brought to Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Minn.

BACKSTORY - Minnesota Security Hospital staff member assaulted by patient

"He ended up grabbing a female staff by her hair, bashing her head up against a brick wall and then either kneeing or kicking her in the face while she was down,” said Matt Stenger the day after the attack, the hospital union's spokesperson.

The union contends the security hospital policy is to blame, which bans patient restraints and other proactive techniques when the mentally ill get out of control, and has been asking the Minnesota legislature to increase funding to boost staffing. On Tuesday, Gov. Dayton’s chief of staff, Jaime Tincher will be at the facility with several lawmakers.

An OSHA injury log says 68 staff have been injured by violent patients at the hospital from January through June 2015.


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