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Feds: West Virginia prison had 10 serious safety issues

CHARLESTON (AP) — A federal investigation has found employees at a McDowell County federal prison were allegedly exposed to blood-borne pathogens and other safety hazards.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s January investigation into the Welch prison found 10 serious violations. This was OSHA’s first inspection of the facility.

OSHA says the prison failed to train employees on pathogen issues and didn’t ensure trainers were knowledgeable. Employees didn’t use puncture-resistant containers for contaminated sharp objects.

The facility didn’t provide health care professionals relevant medical records, information about pathogen regulations, employees’ duties or how they were exposed.

It didn’t require puncture-resistant gloves during pat-downs.

OSHA can’t propose monetary fines to federal agencies failing to comply with its standards.

The prison has 15 business days to comply or request a conference with OSHA’s area director.

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