2008-12-11 / Local & State

OSHA Fines Pitt $5,250 For Lab Monkey Bite

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration has cited the University of Pittsburgh and fined it $5,250 after a research monkey bit and mauled a lab technician's hand.

Fifty-four-year-old Patricia Boyle, of Avalon, was feeding the macaque on Sept. 24 when it bit her right hand. She spent eight days in the hospital, underwent three surgeries and sustained bone, tendon and neurological damage.

She's still undergoing rehabilitation therapy but has returned to work full time.

OSHA says the university failed to provide training and protective gloves, among other safety equipment, which could have helped prevent the injuries.

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