It is the responsibility of every business to ensure that its working conditions are as safe as possible. Unfortunately, some Ohio companies choose to make earning profits take precedence over safety. When this occurs, easily preventable workplace accidents are much more likely to happen. In the end, the failure to maintain vigilance regarding the working conditions and the safety of workers can backfire, especially when OSHA discovers the presence of serious safety violations.
One example of this is the recent citations issued to Kyklos Bearing in Sandusky, Ohio. The company manufactures bearings for cars. It employs approximately 850 people. Recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the company with 13 serious safety violations, and have proposed imposing fines totaling $65,000 against the company.
According to the report, the company failed to make its workers wear protective gear and respirators when removing asbestos. They also failed to provide a place to decontaminate from any exposure, and failed to properly monitor their workers’ exposure to asbestos.
In the state of Ohio, all workers are protected under the Ohio workers compensation system. If anyone experiences a workplace injury or an illness caused by exposure to a dangerous substance at work, they are entitled to receive worker’s compensation benefits. Additionally, they are entitled to receive reimbursement for medical expenses, and are entitled to ongoing medical treatment for their injuries. If a worker suffers a permanent impairment or disability as a result of an accident of the job, they may also be entitled to additional financial compensation.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Office of Public Affairs, “US Labor Department’s OSHA cites Kyklos Bearings International for failing to comply with asbestos removal standards at Sandusky, Ohio, plant,” Scott Allen & Rhonda Burke, March 26, 2013.