Construction company owners in Ohio have enormous responsibilities to protect the lives of their employees. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes safety regulations pertaining to each industry. The construction industry poses many hazards, and many of the rules relate directly to the safety of construction workers. Even one safety violation can be deadly, and the disregard for workers’ safety is unacceptable.
A worker in another state recently suffered fatal injuries when he fell from the roof of a convenience store that is under construction. Reportedly, the man fell 20 feet to the ground. He suffered traumatic injuries to his head, and he was rushed to a hospital. Sadly, he died after being admitted to the medical facility.
Although this was called an accident, three different scenarios could have caused this death. The first is that the worker had no fall protection, and the second is that he was wearing a fall harness but was not trained in the proper use of the equipment. Third, there could have been an equipment failure. Every one of these scenarios involves safety violations, because workers must be issued with PPE that is regularly checked to prevent malfunctions. They must also be properly trained to fix their lanyards to secure points, and supervisors must monitor compliance.
Regardless of which safety violation caused the untimely death of this worker, his family’s loss cannot be undone. Fortunately, the surviving family members of any worker whose life is lost in a workplace accident are entitled to pursue financial assistance through the workers’ compensation insurance system. The Ohio insurance program typically provides coverage of the high costs of end-of-life arrangements, along with a monetary award based on the deceased worker’s average wage. The replacement of wages is to help a worker’s dependents with living expenses during the difficult time immediately following such a tragedy.
Source: foxsanantonio.com, “Construction worker dies after 20-foot fall on Far West Side“, May 6, 2016