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Possible safety violation might be cause of Ohio worker's death

While most employees in Ohio likely rely on their employers to protect them from harm in the workplace as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, many business owners are more concerned about profits and production. Sadly, the slightest safety violation could lead to a workplace accident in which lives are lost. Although OSHA typically investigates on-the-job fatalities, the surviving families will be left without income providers, regardless of the outcome of an investigation.

OSHA compliance inspectors initiated an investigation into the death of an employee of a provider of quartz, marble, granite and other stone surfaces in Columbus. According to an incident report, a 55-year-old man was crushed to death at approximately 11 a.m. on a recent Tuesday. Reportedly, the man was working in an area in which a safety pole contained granite slabs.

Chainsaw negligence can lead to permanent impairment

After stormy weather in Ohio, cleaning up will likely involve the use of dangerous equipment to clear away broken tree limbs and branches. Whenever industrial chainsaws, log splitters and other tools are used, the risks of suffering injuries that can cause permanent impairment will be many. For this reason, landscaping and tree care company owners must ensure that all equipment is in mint condition and that operators of these machines are properly trained.

Furthermore, the employer must provide the necessary personal protective equipment for the job. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, tree care workers must be provided with eye protection, a hard hat, appropriate protective gloves and footwear along with leg protection. Depending on the job, respiratory protection and hearing protection may be required.

Lack of safety devices can lead to permanent disability injuries

Employers in Ohio must provide workplace environments that are free of known safety hazards that could cause harm to employees. However, some business owners prefer to avoid the costs of installing safety devices, in favor of more satisfactory bottom lines. Industrial workers are particularly vulnerable when equipment and machines lack safety devices to prevent accidents that could cause permanent disability.

One such employer is the owner of the factory that manufactures the footballs used by the National Football League. Not only did the Occupational Safety and Health Administration identify three such safety violations during an inspection in February, but similar violations were found again in June. Only this time, the investigation followed an amputation injury.

Safety violation might have caused construction worker's death

Construction company owners in Ohio and elsewhere are expected to ensure the protection of the health and safety of their employees. This is a significant responsibility as numerous safety risks must be anticipated on every work site. Sadly, many employers fail to provide adequate training before allowing employees to operate dangerous machinery. This is one safety violation that has claimed the lives of many workers.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration in a neighboring state will determine whether such a safety violation caused the death of a 39-year-old construction worker on a recent Wednesday evening. An incident report indicates that the man was working on the removal of a swimming pool when the deadly accident occurred. Reportedly, he was operating a portable saw at the time.

Safety violation might have caused hydrogen sulfide deaths

Workers at coal-fired power plants in Ohio and elsewhere are typically exposed to multiple hazards, one of which is a pollution-control byproduct known as hydrogen sulfide. Limestone scrubbers serve to trap sulfur gases at power plants. Over time the sulfur causes the limestone to turn into gypsum, which releases hydrogen sulfide during degradation. Failure to protect employees against such hazards is a safety violation.

Exposure to hydrogen sulfide can cause nearly instant asphyxiation. Two workers recently died from such exposure at a power plant in a neighboring state. Reportedly, five employees were in the confined space of a pit where they were replacing an elbow joint of a pipe as part of their maintenance duties. Upon removing the old joint, they were immediately exposed to hydrogen sulfide.

Safety violation sure to be cited after 2 trapped in trench

Construction workers in Ohio and elsewhere may not always realize that they put their lives on the line every time they enter trenches. The slightest safety violation can cause the walls to collapse, and not many victims of cave-ins survive. However, two trench workers -- called old-school tough guys by a member of a technical rescue team -- were fortunate to escape death when they were recently trapped in a collapsed trench in a neighboring state.

The two men, ages 54 and 65, were trapped about 10 feet below ground level, buried up to their hips in mud. A stop work order was issued by authorities when they saw that the required safety precautions to prevent the walls from collapsing were not in place. It was reported that short cuts were taken by placing inadequate boarding against the trench walls instead of shoring them as per regulations.

Similar safety violation might have caused death at Ohio factory

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration arrived at the scene of a fatal workplace accident in Ohio. Compliance inspectors will investigate the circumstances that led to the worker's death. They will also be able to determine whether a repeat safety violation might have been committed. Reportedly, the company was cited for nine violations in 2010.

As in the previous citations, the incident that caused the worker's death appears to have involved negligent materials handling at this facility. Reportedly, the deceased worker was a 28-year-old man from Lebanon. He was a subcontractor who was working at a Warren County engineering works that manufacture auto parts. Emergency services were apparently called to the plant around noon on a recent Tuesday.

Final silica rule may limit cases of permanent impairment

When the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's final ruling on respirable crystalline silica becomes effective later this year, it will save more than 600 lives nationwide per year, says the agency. Furthermore, it is estimated that the improved safety requirements will prevent over 900 healthy workers each year from contracting silicosis. In Ohio and elsewhere, it is a debilitating occupational disease that can cause permanent impairment.

Respirable crystalline silica is present in sand, so any activities that involve sand or products made from it can cause exposure. This includes hydraulic fracturing, foundry work, glass manufacturing and brick making. Further exposure follows for any employees who then work with those products. As many as two million construction laborers work with silica-containing products every year when they grind, crush and drill stone, bricks and concrete on a daily basis.

It is unclear whether safety violation caused employee's death

The recycling industry has proved to pose many safety hazards, judging by the number of catastrophic injuries and even deaths that occur at recycling plants nationwide. An Ohio worker died in a workplace accident at a recycling plant on Aug. 3. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident to determine whether a safety violation was responsible for this fatality.

According to authorities, the incident occurred at a facility where high-density polyethylene is recycled for the production of drainage tiles and containers for use by nurseries. Initial reports revealed that a worker died when he was struck in the head while operating a machine. One of the company's safety officials said she was informed that an exploding piece of equipment caused the fatal injury.

OSHA checking whether safety violation caused worker's death

Construction workers in Ohio and surrounding states face multiple hazards whenever they are on site. The slightest safety violation can have devastating consequences. Work at a construction site in a neighboring state was suspended after an Aug. 1 fatality. Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigators are currently investigating this tragic construction accident to determine the compliance with safety regulations on the site.

Reportedly, the construction project involves partial demolition of an existing building. Two employees of a contracted demolition company were working on the second story of the building when a section of the floor collapsed. The incident occurred shortly after 3 p.m., and rescue workers rushed to the scene.

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