Federal labor officials have cited the private company contracted to provide health services to New York City inmates, proposing $71,000 in fines for workplace safety violations.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Thursday said Corizon Health Inc. willfully disregarded employee safety at Rikers Island.
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OSHA started probing conditions in the jail complex in February. Since then, there were six violent incidents involving Corizon workers, including one in which an inmate locked an employee in a cell.
OSHA said assaults against health workers increased from eight in 2011 to 39 in 2013.
A spokeswoman for the Brentwood, Tennessee-based company said the company cooperated with investigators but didn't agree with OSHA's findings and planned to contest them.
City officials didn't immediately return requests for comment.