Hospital Nabbed for First Bill 168 Workplace Violence Fine


Seven years after it took effect, what may be the first official fine for a workplace violence violation under Bill 168 has been levied. The pricetag: $75K. The case involved a nurse who was repeatedly stabbed by a patient with a pen. The patient had engaged in repeated attacks against staff and the hospital should have recognized that he was violent and that the violence hazard assessment it had conducted before the attacks was inadequate and needed to be redone as required by Bill 168 (now Section 32.0.3(4) of the OHS Act [Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, Ontario Ct. of Justice, Aug. 16, 2017].