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Slain Case Worker Never Warned

A health care management company that lacked policies to insure workers’ safety, resulting in a case manager’s death, is facing fines and a civil lawsuit, the Tampa Bay Times reports. 
Integra Health Management’s workers were not told of clients’ severe mental illnesses or criminal records before visiting them, according to testimony in an Occupational Safety and Health Administration hearing.  The company also had no written set of safety rules, according to the Times.
Case worker Stephanie Nicole Ross was stabbed to death outside the home of one of her Dade City clients in 2012, but the company did not report the murder to OSHA, the Times reports.  OSHA’s fined Integra $10,500 and Ross’s family has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Integra.

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