A nurse's trip over a cord has landed a hospital a $50,000
fine, where the joint health and safety committee had previously
documented cord trips as a known hazard.
The nurse was administering medication to a
patient. When leaving the bedside, the nurse's
foot became entangled in a cable attached to the "bed
check" equipment. She fell and fractured her arm.
According to the Ministry of Labour press release, dangling
cords were a known hazard in the workplace and the joint health and
safety committee inspection records showed that. The
cord in question had not been secured, although hooks, clips or
Velcro had been previously identified as methods of securing the
The hospital pleaded guilty to a charge under the
Occupational Health and Safety Act of failing to train the
employee on trip hazards and was fined $50,000 plus the 25% Victim
The Ministry of Labour's press release can be found here.
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