Tragic and unexpected accidents can happen in any work environment. Sometimes a workplace does not have to be inherently dangerous for a tragedy to happen. Recently, a fifty-seven year old employee of Toys-R-Us in Dublin had such a workplace accident. Reportedly, the toy store worker was on an 8-foot ladder trying to remove an item from its display, when it is believed that he missed a step on the ladder and fell backward, hitting his head on the floor.
The worker was transported to Dublin Methodist Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Franklin County Coroner’s office will conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause of his death. OSHA is also conducting an investigation into the accident. OSHA will likely investigate what safety precautions were in place at the time of this accident. They may also investigate the level of safety training the employees of Toys R- Us are receiving prior to beginning their jobs and they will surely inspect the ladder to verify how safe it is.
Fortunately, in order to receive worker’s compensation benefits, it does not matter who was at fault for this tragic accident. Because this accident occurred while the employee was working, the victim’s family will be entitled to receive dependent death benefits and reimbursement for funeral and medical expenses. The Ohio Worker’s Compensation system provides these benefits for injuries incurred as a result of a work accident. If a claim is filed, all of the worker’s expenses for medical care received as a result of the accident should also be reimbursed.
Source: The Columbus Dispatch, “Toys R Us worker who died in fall identified,” Allison Manning, Oct. 25, 2012