Unsafe work conditions blamed in death of a VA medical researcher

02/20/2013 // West Palm Beach , Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

San Francisco – The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has determined that unsafe work conditions and inadequate training led to the death of a VA medical researcher. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), federal officials assert that the lab where Richard Din, 25, was exposed to the bacteria that causes meningitis, was in violation of multiple OSHA safety regulations.

Ken Atha, OSHA’s regional administrator in San Francisco, is quoted by the AP as stating of the matter, “Richard Din died because the VA failed to supervise and protect these workers adequately… Research hospitals and medical centers have the responsibility as employers to protect workers from exposure to recognized on-the-job hazards such as this.”

The lab was reportedly closed following Din’s death.

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