Mental health facility fined after patient stabs two staff members

Facility has no clear policies on controlling tools and other potential weapons

PENETANGUISHENE, Ont. (CP) -- A high-security mental health facility has been fined by the Ontario government for failing to protect its employees after a patient stabbed two workers with a screwdriver.

The Ministry of Labour says the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care in Penetanguishene, Ont., must pay $40,000 after violating the province's Occupational Health and Safety Act in connection with the Sept. 7 incident.

The government says a worker was walking the corridors of the facility's forensic unit when he was stabbed and punched by a patient.

A second worker was also stabbed and two others suffered minor injuries when staff tried to subdue the patient.

The ministry says the patient had been working under supervision in a computer lab in the facility and took two screwdrivers from a cabinet that had been left unlocked.

The government says Waypoint had no clear policies on how to secure or control tools and other potential weapons, and that the facility's tracking sheet for tools was not being used by staff.

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