Falling objects on construction sites will always be a danger to which Ohio workers will be exposed. This is one of the hazards that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration covers in the safety regulations for the construction industry. Unfortunately, the slightest safety violation can cause an object to fall, and the consequences may be devastating.
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.
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.
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.
An unexplained death occurred recently at a facility along the Ohio River at which cargo is loaded and received. It is not yet clear whether a safety violation caused the fatality, but an investigation to determine the circumstances that led to the worker's death was initiated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It is currently regarded an industrial accident, and investigated as such.
Employees at recycling facilities face numerous hazards at their places of work. Business owners must protect the health and safety of employees, and many workers die each year because their employers fail to protect them from the working parts of equipment. Such a safety violation might have led to the recent death of an Ohio employee of an Akron-based recycling facility.
Working in trenches can be life-threatening. Despite clear safety guidelines and regulations prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the number of fatalities in nationwide trench collapses so far this year is more than double that of last year. It is rare for a person to survive a trench collapse, and even only one safety violation can lead to death.
Workers in rail yards face a different set of hazards than those in factories and on construction sites. The biggest danger is the activity of trains and the hazards they pose. A tragic accident recently claimed the life of a worker in an Ohio rail yard, and it is not yet clear whether any safety violation played a part.
The leading cause of death in the construction industry is falling, which is said to account for almost 40 percent of fatalities in workplace accidents. While construction company owners are aware of this fact, it is incomprehensible that the failure to provide fall protection is a safety violation committed by so many of them. In July, employees of a contracting construction company were found to be working unprotected, 60-feet high on a steel structure in Ohio.
Tree trimmers in Ohio and other states are typically exposed to multiple life-threatening situations while doing their jobs. Owners of tree-trimming businesses are responsible for the safety of their employees. One safety violation that is unacceptable is the failure to provide fall protection to workers who work at heights -- often on platforms or in buckets of cherry pickers or other elevation equipment. A workplace accident in a neighboring state recently claimed the life of a tree trimmer.