In April 2011, officials with the Portage Area Regional Transit Agency broke ground on a $26 million transportation center. Previously, it was expected to open in 2013, but a recent construction accident may be delaying work on the project.
Most warehouse workers in Ohio know the dangers of storage a large amount of a product. Large amounts of a product are stocked heavily and, perhaps, to an unsafe height. Negligence on the part of an employer can cause a fatal accident to occur to an employee, if certain safety procedures were not properly followed.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently cited Exel Inc. for nine workplace safety and health violations, six of which were considered willful. The violations occurred at a plant owned by Hershey Co. that was operated by the Ohio-based Exel. The proposed penalties include a fine that may cost the company more than $280,000. Another organization -- SHS Staffing Solutions -- has also been cited for one violation.
The recent death of a 53-year-old Ohio Turnpike Commission construction worker in Sandusky County, Ohio, has the state highway patrol urging drivers to be more careful. The man's death occurred after he was part of an accident involving a vehicle. No cause has been determined as of yet, so no charges have been filed.
Farmers in Ohio know the dangers of working in a grain bin. When grain is flowing onto a conveyor, it can become stuck in the bin. Many times, an individual will have to enter the bin to free up the grains that are clogging the flow. When this happens, an individual can quickly become buried, and it is possible for victims to then suffocate. One research group believes that every grain engulfment accident can be prevented with proper procedure.
In 2008, a terrible trucking accident rocked one man's family forever. The man, a semi driver, was killed in a crash with another truck. In the aftermath, his family filed a lawsuit against the company that owned the other truck involved in the accident and allowed the irresponsible driver behind the wheel, despite his history of unsafe driving. The wrongful death suit ended when the deceased's family was awarded $7 million. Trucking companies in Ohio and elsewhere have strict regulations to follow and can be held responsible if they fail to comply.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is preparing to finalize a new version of a yearly report. The report, called the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, looks at workplace injuries that resulted in fatalities each year and determines if occupations in the country are becoming more or less safe. By analyzing this report, individuals in Ohio can gain a better understanding of the large number of workplace injuries that lead to wrongful deaths.
In the past few posts, we've mentioned that OSHA does not have enough funds to visit every workplace in its jurisdiction. However, it is important to understand what Ohio employees are protected by OSHA.
This Friday marks the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire. When the top three floors of the factory caught on fire, 146 of the 500 employees at the factory lost their lives.
When we think about the type of accidents that happen at work, we often think of job-related injuries. Individuals who work in construction may suffer injuries from falling off ladders; people who work in old industrial plants may get asbestosis; and individuals who work at desks all day are more likely to suffer from carpel tunnel syndrome.