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OSHA to investigate attack in Elliot Hospital’s emergency room


MANCHESTER — The Elliot Hospital emergency room worker brutally attacked on Monday remained in critical condition in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Wednesday.

Donald Wyman, 52, had his jaw broken in four places, lost four teeth and was having trouble breathing when found Monday morning after he was allegedly attacked by a patient.

When police initially arrived at the Elliot on Monday, hospital workers told them Wyman may not survive his injuries, according to police reports.

The patient, Manchester resident Ansel Kinglocke, 33, had been housed in a psychiatric unit of the hospital emergency room since Friday. He was awaiting admission into New Hampshire Hospital, authorities said.

He faces two felony assault charges; the second charge involves an alleged blow to the face of Melissa Clermont, 33, who suffered a broken cheekbone.

Both were licensed nurse assistants at the hospital.

Meanwhile, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation into the workplace injuries, said New Hampshire Area Director Rosemarie Ohar.

Ohar said OSHA opened its investigation the day of the incident, and under federal law it has six months to investigate and determine whether any standards were violated. Ohar said OSHA investigators were at the Elliot on Monday.

Health care can be a dangerous profession. For 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 592,600 cases of workplace injury in the health care and social assistance field, a number of injuries that exceed injuries in the manufacturing and construction fields.

The bureau also reported in 2009 that eight out of every 1,000 nurses experience workplace violence, according to a study available on the bureau’s website.

Kinglocke was scheduled to go before a judge Wednesday for a closed-door hearing on his competency to stand trial.

mhayward@unionleader.com

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