Many Ohio residents would not think that a ski resort in Butler, Ohio would be a dangerous place to work. However, tragedy can strike workers employed in every occupation. Recently, a worker at a Clear Fork Ski Resort in Butler lost his arm when it was torn at the shoulder while he was installing a conveyor lift in the recently constructed tubing park. Unfortunately, horrific workplace injuries such as this one are more common than many people realize.
The worker was flown to a hospital in Akron, and he is currently listed in serious condition. Working around heavy industrial machinery is inherently dangerous. If the proper training and safeguards are not provided to the workers that need to operate this type of heavy machinery, catastrophic injuries can result.
It is likely that OSHA will be investigating this accident to determine whether any safety violations were present that may have contributed to this accident. OSHA will examine carefully whether the employer failed to provide certain protections to its employees. If OSHA determines that safety violations were present, they may impose a fine on the ski resort.
However, regardless of what the investigation reveals, the injured worker is entitled to seek benefits under the Ohio workers’ compensation system. If the worker files a claim for workers’ compensation, he may be entitled to receive reimbursement for medical expenses and ongoing medical care for his injuries. He may also be entitled to receive additional benefits if he is left permanently disabled as a result of an accident, as appears to be the case of this particular worker.
Source: timesgazette.com, “Ohio ski resort worker loses arm in accident,” Nov. 21, 2012