Any worker who needs to drive as part of his or her job duties is at a substantially higher risk of being injured on the job. Ohio readers may recall a number of fatal accidents reported in this blog involving individuals that work on the highways and roads of the state and around the country. Unfortunately, another fatal workplace accident has recently claimed the life of an Ohio transportation worker.
Reports indicate that the worker was operating a backhoe to clear garbage that was behind a guardrail north of Polaris in Delaware when a tanker truck struck the backhoe, resulting in the Ohio man being thrown onto the road. He died as a result of this job-related accident. A fire ensued after the crash and firefighters needed to battle the blaze for over an hour. The reports indicate that the driver of the tanker truck, who was also probably working at the time of the accident, is currently in critical condition.
Fortunately, the family members of the Ohio man may be entitled to receive death benefits through the Ohio worker’s compensation system. By filing a claim through the proper channels, they may be able to receive reimbursement for funeral and burial expenses, as well as an additional monetary settlement for death benefits.
When a worker is injured on the job in Ohio, they are entitled to receive medical treatment for their injuries, in addition to other benefits such as compensation for lost wages. If a worker is permanently impaired or disabled as a result of a workplace accident. Even if the accident is the fault of the worker, they may be entitled to receive additional benefits as well.
Source: Columbus Dispatch, “Semi didn’t slow before I-71 impact that killed ODOT worker, patrol says”, Laura Aronshield, April 23, 2013