OSHA cites Battle Creek VA for work safety issues

BATTLLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the Battle Creek Veterans Administration Medical Center for what it says are seven cases of unsafe or unhealthful working conditions.

The agency within the U.S. Department of Labor announced the citations Thursday, saying they're based on a July safety inspection.

OSHA says the hospital failed to label dangerous confined spaces, didn't adequately guard automated laundry equipment and left a dangerous air compressor belt exposed.

The agency says there were "serious safety violations" involving unguarded floor openings in a repair shop and inadequate truck inspections and maintenance.

Medical center spokesman Damian McGee says many of the problems were quickly fixed. He says the center's goal is to provide the safest possible environment for employees and patients.

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