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Health CEO: Workers Got Safety Training

Officials from a Dade City health management company tied to the death of a young case worker say they did provide in-person safety training to prepare employees for unpredictable clients, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Thursday's testimony from Integra CEO Michael Yuhas and a service coordinator contradicts earlier remarks from an Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigator looking into the December 2012 death of case worker Stephanie Nicole Ross. The 25-year-old died after being stabbed to death in the yard of a client who had a history of mental illness and violence, the Times reports.

OSHA has fined Integra $10,000 for not having a workplace violence prevention policy and for not reporting the case worker’s death to the federal agency, according to the Times. The hearings under way will determine if that fine shall stand.

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