Manufacturers in Ohio know that if they do not promote a safe working environment they may be cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, also known as OSHA. OSHA actively investigates all employers, and it pays particular attention to industries where the risk of injury is high. Manufacturers who frequently employ individuals that are working with heavy industrial equipment need make sure they are ensuring the safety of their workers.
Workplace accidents frequently occur when there is a breakdown in following proper safety protocols. That is when OSHA steps in to enforce the law. In a recent case, some of the violations found at a Sugarcreek facility which manufactures pallets included failing to have adequate machine guarding and personal protective equipment, failing to provide adequate protection to workers who were working with live electrical wires and failing to provide some types of protection from falls for workers working on the roof.
At this time, OSHA is going to impose a penalty of $64,400 on the manufacturer. This may serve as a wake-up call to the plant and lead to fewer preventable workplace injuries, although it is the fourth time that the plant has been inspected since 2011.
Fortunately, if a worker is injured in Ohio, they are entitled to file a claim for worker’s compensation benefits. These benefits include compensation for lost wages due to an injury, reimbursement of medical expenses and ongoing medical treatment for any work related injury. In some cases, if a worker is permanently disabled or impaired as a result of a workplace accident, they may be entitled to receive additional compensation. Fortunately, these benefits are available regardless of whether the worker was a fault for the accident.
Source: osha.gov “US Labor Department’s OSHA cites Scenic Wood Products for 20
safety violations at Sugarcreek, Ohio, pallet manufacturing plant,” April 1, 2013