Illinois Emergency Medical Service Provider Fined $290K for Workplace Hazards

Federal safety and health investigators have cited Altamont Ambulance Service Inc. in Fairview Heights, Ill., for workplace safety and health violations and find the company $290,100.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Altamont failed to follow specific guidelines to protect emergency healthcare workers from exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other hazards while providing patient care.

OSHA issued five willful, 16 serious and three other-than-serious safety and health violations to the emergency medical service provider. The agency opened inspections in January 2016, after receiving a complaint alleging violations of OSHA’s bloodborne pathogen exposure and various other health and safety standards.

OSHA found the employer failed to:

Altamont Ambulance has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Source: OSHA