Ohio workers in all industries face unsafe workplace environments. Although business owners who fail to comply with federal regulations could face severe penalties for every safety violation identified by inspectors, workplace accidents occur almost daily. A recent report about penalties proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration demonstrates the wide range of hazards Ohio employees face.

A bearing manufacturer in Tiffin faces a fine of more than $50,000 for safety violations that were also included in citations issued last year. OSHA investigators found that the lack of training prevented employees from understanding the safe handling of hazardous energy, risking their lives. In another case, a penalty exceeding $26,000 was proposed for a technical company in West Unity that manufactures and designs custom equipment. Federal inspectors determined that employees could inhale dangerous vapors of flammable, volatile acetone while filling a dip tank with the hazardous liquid.

A workplace injury at a plastics manufacturer in Haviland led to a $46,010 fine. While manufacturing plastic containers, employees who received no training in lockout/tagout procedures were exposed to injury hazards. The incident occurred when a hot die struck an employee as he removed it from an energized machine, causing a burn injury when he made contact with the hot sheet rollers. At the Toledo Fiat Chrysler assembly complex, an elevated floor — 8 feet above the lower level — was left open-sided without guardrails on any of its sides. OSHA proposed a fine of almost $13,000.

This demonstration of the prevalence of employers disregarding employee safety underscores the importance for workers to explore the procedures to follow when filing workers’ compensation benefits claims. Fortunately, it is not necessary to tackle this task without help. An experienced Ohio workers’ compensation attorney can provide support and guidance with the administrative and legal processes of pursuing compensation for injuries — regardless of whether a safety violation caused it.

Source: toledoblade.com, “OSHA cites 4 firms in region for violations“, Jon Chavez, March 8, 2017