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Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter cited by OSHA for undisclosed infraction

The Security Hospital, which houses mentally ill and dangerous patients, has made progress on employee safety, but “we still have work to do,” an official said.

The Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter, which houses mentally ill and dangerous patients, has been cited by OSHA for an undisclosed infraction.

Many management problems have plagued the Security Hospital in recent years.

In May, the hospital was “fined $1,000 and the conditional status of its license is being extended through late 2016” because it didn’t provide adequate care and supervision, after one mentally ill patient killed another, the Pioneer Press reported.

State officials had placed the hospital’s license on conditional status in 2011 based on two findings of maltreatment; three other similar cases have since been reported. Gov. Mark Dayton said the hospital was in “crisis” after he visited in 2012, the paper said.

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The recent citation came after OSHA officials went to the hospital Aug. 1.

The Mankato Free Press reports some hospital workers “have complained that new procedures that limit the use of seclusion and restraints on patients have deprived security staff of tools to protect themselves from assaults by patients.”

The paper says Anne Barry, deputy commissioner at the state Department of Human Services, said that while the hospital has made “significant progress in employee safety” over the past two years to reduce staff injuries, “the OSHA findings show we still have work to do.”

Officials said details on the OSHA citation will be available after the case is closed or the penalty is paid, the Mankato paper said.