Readers of this blog post know that Ohio has seen its share of tragic work related accidents. Unfortunately, another horrific accident has just been reported. According to reports, two workers, who were employed by an excavating company at the Timken Co.’s Faircrest Steel Plant, near Canton, Ohio were killed when a crane boom fell on top of them.
Workplace injuries in the construction industry can be catastrophic and sometimes, as in this case, even deadly. Details of the accident and how it occurred are not known at this time, but the accident is currently being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Workplace accidents, such as these, are frequently the result of lax enforcement of safety measures. Sometimes, companies forgo the necessary steps to ensure the saftey of their workers in exchange for increased profitability. If safety violations are present during the OSHA investigation, the excavating company may be subjected to hefty fines and penalties, depending on the severity of the violations.
Fortunately in Ohio, the surviving relatives of these two men may be entitled to receive death benefits under the workers’ compensation system. These benefits may include reimbursement for funeral and burial expenses, as well as a monetary settlement for death benefits.
No amount of money could ever replace the life of anyone, especially a loved one. Nonetheless, this compensation can help greiving families, who are struggling financially after the death of their loved one, return to some semblance of normalcy. At the very least, it will alleviate financial burdens during the grieving process.
Source: Dayton Daily News, “2 Ohio workers killed by crane”, May 5, 2013.