A workplace accident can happen at any time. This means that workers in Ohio should be concerned about the safety environment that their employer cultivates. If an employer has employees break known safety precautions and an accident happens, it is likely that the company will be liable for any injuries.
On May 7, 2010, a public works employee had been directed to inspect and clean a sewer line located on Yankee Road in Middleton, Ohio. The 31-year-old worker died from nitrogen fumes inhaled during a workplace accident on the site. In an attempt to rescue the young worker, three firefighters were injured. The fatality prompted the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation's Public Employees Risk Reduction Standards Department to conduct a full investigation into the incident. The investigation spanned over a nearly six month period.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations totaling $210,000 in fines against the U.S. Postal Service. The citations were for five violations that were allegedly committed willfully at the processing center in Columbus, Ohio.
Employees working in industrial or construction settings are especially susceptible to serious workplace injuries. These environments often have extremely large and complicated machines that can cause catastrophic injuries when they malfunction or when proper safety procedures or maintenance procedures are not followed.