Idaho senior center cited for safety violations

BOISE, Idaho (AP) A north Idaho assisted living center that has been cited by federal regulators could be facing up to $19,000 in fines.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the citations Tuesday against Four Seasons Assisted Living, located in Coeur d'Alene.

OSHA officials say the facility, which is operated by Oregon-based Good Neighbor Care Centers, failed to provide its workers Hepatitis B vaccinations or protect them from back injuries that could be caused by lifting patients. It was also cited for failing to use syringes that have built-in protection against accidental needle stick injuries.

OSHA Spokeswoman Deanne Amaden said Four Seasons has 15 days to either pay or challenge the fines.

It's the first time the Coeur d'Alene facility has been cited by the federal agency.