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Ohio transportation company cited for safety violations

There are many ways that employers cut corners that can impact the safety of the workplace. Unfortunately, employers sometimes place their workers at a greater risk of sustaining workplace injuries   in order to protect their bottom line. A transportation company based in Perrysburg, Ohio, was recently cited for 17 serious safety violations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

It is estimated that penalties of at least $69,000 will be levied against the company for the safety violations.

The citations were for violations that were found at two truck maintenance facilities in West Virginia. Some of the violations include failing to provide or require safety goggles and foot protection, failing to provide first aid training, and failing to provide the proper facilities for workers to wash corrosive material from their bodies.

Most of the violations were serious which means that the employer should have known that death or serious physical harm could result from the potential hazard at the workplace.

One of the most serious violations contained in the report was a failure to provide a specific procedure to prevent machinery from accidentally starting up. This kind of violation could have catastrophic consequences.

The OSHA investigation was conducted after it received a complaint alleging numerous safety issues at the two locations. It is extremely important for any individual who has knowledge of a potentially hazardous condition at his or her workplace to alert the proper agencies so that an investigation can be conducted.

Many times when an accident occurs on the job, there are underlying potential safety hazards that contributed to it. If an individual suffers an accident on the job in Ohio, OSHA investigations typically take place to determine what, if any, safety hazards were present.

In addition, it is important to determine if any precautions could have been taken by the employer to prevent the injury from occurring. Whether or not an employer's negligence causes a workplace accident, an injured employee may file a workers' compensation claim to receive benefits to pay for his or her medical and other related expenses.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, "US Labor Department's OSHA proposes $69,000 in fines to Ohio-based Trans Tech Logistics for serious safety hazards at 2 West Virginia facilities ," June 13, 2012

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