AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Akron police say they are not releasing any more information relating to how a patient at St. Thomas Hospital had two knives on him.
Meanwhile, the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation into reports 54-year-old Art Belcher Jr., who was unarmed, was stabbed by a 33-year-old psychiatric patient at St. Thomas Hospital Tuesday, around 7 p.m.
Police say Andrew Wallace was being transported to the St. Thomas psych ward from Akron City Hospital when he stabbed the unarmed security guard in the stomach and the side of the neck.
"Unfortunately, each year hundreds of workers are injured on the job in incidents of workplace violence," said Joe Warner, OSHA's assistant area director in Cleveland. "This incident should be a reminder to employers to ensure that they are taking all procedures possible to protect workers who must deal with unstable patients and other situations where they may encounter violence in the workplace."
The security guard was taken to Akron General Hospital where he is recovering.
Statement from Summa Health
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