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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.

Both workers were trapped, but co-workers managed to extricate a 41-year-old man while they were waiting for the arrival of emergency workers. Paramedics took him to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Sadly, the life of the other worker -- a 38-year-old man -- could not be saved. He succumbed to his injuries before firefighters could free him from the load of debris that trapped him.

It is not yet known whether this tragedy was the result of a safety violation. Regardless, any injuries suffered -- or lives lost -- on construction sites in Ohio and other states are covered by the workers' compensation insurance program for the state. Injured workers can get compensation for medical expenses, and surviving families of deceased workers may pursue benefits to cover the costs of funerals and burials. Wage-replacement benefits will be available to cover lost income. Those filing claims are free to seek the support and guidance of an experienced workers' comp attorney.

Source: hollandsentinel.com, "UPDATE: Civic Center work halted during investigation of fatal accident", Audra Gamble, Sydney Smith, Aug. 3, 2017

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