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OSHA: Ohio companies recently violated work safety standards

Injuries caused by conditions that violate the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's standards can cause employees in Ohio to file claims with the Ohio Bureau of Worker's Compensation.

Recently, OSHA issued more than $50,000 in fines to Henry Gurtzweiler Inc. for repeat safety violations of its safety requirements. The steel construction company faced other violations in the past, including in 2008 and 2010. The main risks posed by the company's failure to comply were the risk of falling on the workplace. Unfortunately, workplace accidents such as employee falls in dangerous workplaces are the leading cause of death in the construction industry.

OSHA is responsible for ensuring that employees work in safe conditions so that employers cannot force employees to risk their health and lives in order to earn a paycheck. An injury on the job can greatly disrupt the life of the employee and the lives of their family members.

Without OSHA oversight, many companies may require employees to work in unsafe conditions, including exposure to unnecessary risks and in some cases, even unsafe chemicals.

This is not the only time in the last 12 months that OSHA cited an Ohio company for safety violations. Last March, OSHA cited Buckeye Radiation Oncology with 14 safety citations after inspectors found that employees were exposed to dangerous chemicals. According to OSHA, the company did not have any policies in place to require employees to wear protective gear when working with the chemicals and did not have training programs in place to help employees learn how to appropriately handle a situation where an employee may have been harmed by exposure.

Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, "Department of Labor's OSHA cites steel and concrete erector in Toledo, Ohio with repeat violations for failing to provide fall protection to workers," Scott Allen & Rhonda Burke, Jan. 18, 2012

Occupational Safety and Health Administration, "U.S. Labor Department's OSHA cites Columbus, Ohio-based Buckeye Radiation Oncology for failing to protect workers from lead, cadmium exposure," Scott Allen & Rhonda Burke, March 24, 2011

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