Industrial worksites contain inherent dangers to Ohio workers. In recent years, industrial workplace accidents have killed about 4,000 to 5,000 workers in the United States annually, with fires and explosions specifically contributing 53 fatalities in 2009 and 109 in 2010.
In 2010, the oil rig Deepwater Horizon caused one of the most massive oil spills ever seen. It is hard to calculate the vast ecological and economic damage that resulted. Ohio and the rest of the world sat in horror as oil fires burned on the open ocean and many local residents lost their livelihood.
Construction is a dangerous profession. It involves powerful machinery, heavy materials and a lot can potentially go wrong even in the best of circumstances. In Ohio and elsewhere, construction workers suffer job injuries every day. It is therefore important to make sure constructions sites are as safe as possible.
Shoplifters at a grocery store allegedly injured four store employees in a violent attack earlier this month. According to news reports, the two women allegedly kicked and bit employees who tried to stop them from leaving the store with stolen merchandise. The shoplifters even attacked police when they arrived on the scene.
Casino developer Rock Gaming has had two fairly similar construction catastrophes in Ohio this winter. In both Cleveland and Cincinnati, upper-story floors collapsed as they were being built. Both incidents occurred during the concrete-pouring phase of construction last month.
Late in the morning on Tuesday last week, a deadly accident took place on an Ohio construction worksite. A semi-truck struck three Ohio Turnpike Commission maintenance workers, severely injuring two and killing another. The driver of the truck was also severely injured. The workers were reportedly outside their maintenance vehicles at the time of the accident.
In Ohio, industrial jobs are often dangerous jobs. Industrial workers often need to work around heavy equipment and potentially volatile chemicals. This can directly lead to workplace accidents.
Recently, a road crew worker tragically died in a job-related accident in Ohio after a tree he was removing crushed him. The worker was attempting to remove the large tree that was in the middle of the road near Sharon Valley Road in Licking County. As he was cutting the tree into removable sections with a chainsaw, a twelve-foot portion of the tree's trunk fell on him. Co-workers were able to get the trunk off the man with a crane, but CPR was not enough to bring the man back. He died at the scene of the accident.
People go to work every day hoping to make a better life for them and their families. Sometimes, through no fault of their own, their ability to work is hindered by unavoidable hazards in unsafe work environments. Workers' compensation is meant to help those injured in work related activities provide for their families when they can't work and pay for medical expenses incurred as a result of a workplace accident.
Very few people would dispute the fact that workers' compensation is an important safety net for workers who are hurt on the job. However, the workers' compensation system in Ohio has proved to be the subject of several ongoing legislative and policy debates.