When you go to work, you expect to be kept safe on the job. If you work in construction, that means that everyone should be in the right safety gear, the team should have good communication and the right barricades should be used. If you work in a factory, the proper machine guards should be in place to prevent you from suffering amputations or worse.
When accidents happen on the job, they can be devastating. For instance, this accident in Columbus resulted in the death of a worker. He had been using a hydraulic press at Core Molding Technologies when he became stuck in the machinery. Shortly after, he fell into the machinery and suffered a catastrophic head injury that resulted in his death.
After an incident like this, police, medics and the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation look into the incident. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration also launches investigations after a worker is killed on the job.
Police have reported that in this incident, they don’t expect to file charges. A full investigation will reveal if there were any safety precautions that were not taken or if violations occurred leading up to the accident. If a safety violation is found in a situation like this, it can lead to fines and penalties for the company that did not protect its workers.
In the meantime, families of those who are killed in situations like this are able to seek workers’ compensation benefits as survivors of the deceased. That compensation can help cover funeral costs, medical bills and the wages that have been lost.
Source: NBC4i, “One dead in west side workplace accident,” June 20, 2016