After two Case Farms employees lost body parts in terrible accidents, and were later fired, the chicken supply company is facing fines totaling more than $1.46 million from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The Centers for Disease Control and prevent reported that more than 9 percent of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2009 were sustained by construction workers. That year, construction workers suffered 4.3 nonfatal injuries and illnesses per 100 workers.
Every worker in the Ohio may potentially develop a workplace-related illness or injury, whether they work in an office, supermarket, factory or outdoors. But some jobs carry a much heavier risk than others. Office-related injuries like carpel tunnel syndrome, while painful and debilitating, are fairly minor when compared with fatal accidents.
As some of our more regular followers know, we sometimes highlight news stories we think are applicable to our readers' situations. Though some of these news stories come from our own state, sometimes we like to point out stories from other states to show that it isn't just Ohioans who experience issues regarding unsafe working conditions and issues regarding workers' compensation claims.
Columbus, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) - A Columbus Castings worker suffered a broken back, a collapsed lung and partial paralysis of his left leg after becoming pinned in a machine at the steel foundry on April 22, 2014. An investigation into the incident has resulted in the issuance of two repeat and two serious safety violations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The steel foundry has been cited 11 times in the past 10 years for exposing workers to dangerous machine hazards at the plant, which produces castings for use in the automotive, mining, agricultural, construction and rail industries. Proposed penalties total $89,500.
A truck fire at an oil well off State Route 61, south of Mt. Gilead, injured the truck driver and completely destroyed the vehicle on Friday, September 26, 2014. The tank of the truck was reported to be filled with a flammable substance and still connected to the oil well. Ultimately, the fire was contained to the truck and was allowed to burn itself out. The driver sustained second and third degree burns on his right arm and was transported by ambulance to a Columbus hospital.
The law requires employers to do their reasonable best to prevent job-related injuries. The government may issue fines against employers who do not comply with this requirement. For example, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently cited Lowe’s, a large home improvement chain, for violating workplace safety standards. OSHA cited the company for five repeat violations and one serious violation of safety standards.
Worksites that use heavy machinery, equipment, and large vehicles like planes should take extra precautions to ensure that all employees are carefully versed in safety protocols and procedures.
A single worker’s safety-related complaint against an Ohio industrial machinery manufacturer has created a ripple-effect that expanded into an investigation of the company by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which in turn led to 13 safety and health violation citations.
Many residents of the state of Ohio must work to get by financially. While it is possible that any of those workers could be injured in the course of performing a task tied to their job, there are certain types of jobs that seem riskier than others. To try to keep workers throughout the nation safe, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration creates safety guidelines that employers need to follow. To determine whether they are being followed, the agency conducts inspections of workplaces. The level of compliance it finds during those inspections varies from employer to employer.