CAMH pleads guilty to workplace safety charge after alleged beating of nurse

Toronto – The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has pleaded guilty to failing to implement safety devices, measures and procedures to protect a nurse from workplace violence.

It is one of four workplace safety charges against CAMH related to an incident in January 2014 at a facility in Toronto, where a nurse was allegedly beaten by a patient.

The resolution was reached Monday before Justice Robert Bigelow after a pre-trial. The Ontario Ministry of Labour laid charges against CAMH in late 2014.

According to a union that represents 60,000 registered nurses in Ontario, the nurse who was allegedly beaten has not been able to return to work in the two-and-a-half years since the incident.

The Ontario Nurses’ Association says in a press release that a number of nurses who came to assist after the alleged beating have also been unable to go back to work.

The Canadian Press

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