NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Federal inspectors say a New York City hospital faces $201,000 in fines for exposing employees to the risk of infection from dirty laundry.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital replaced linen laundry bags with thin plastic bags about a year ago.READ MORE: Lionel Virgile Accused Of Throwing Bleach In Officer's Face, Tossing Lit Molotov Cocktail At Other Officers In Brooklyn
As 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported, it was a cost cutting move. A union representative said the bags would break open while traveling down a laundry shoot and spill material covered in fecal matter, HIV, and hepatitis fluids onto the laundry room floor.
The union called OSHA, and OSHA agreed.
OSHA says the bags broke and needlessly exposed workers to laundry contaminated with blood, bodily fluids and other infectious materials.
“OSHA also found the medical center also failed to provide all exposed workers with protective gloves, and outer garments, hand washing facilities,” Chelsea-Lyn Rudder, spokeswoman for Local 1199 said.READ MORE: Producer Scott Rudin Will 'Step Back' From Broadway Duties After Allegations Of Abusive Behavior