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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.

The county coroner's investigator said a piece of heavy equipment fell on the worker and crushed him to death. His body was extricated and removed to the office of the coroner. According to the records of the OSHA investigation of 2010, the manner in which employees handled materials and machines formed the bulk of the serious safety violations at that time.

The current investigation will reveal whether the business owner disregarded the previous citations and penalties by allowing a similar safety violation to be committed -- causing the death of a worker. Regardless, the surviving family members of the deceased man need not wait for OSHA to complete the investigation. They can proceed with the filing of a death benefits claim with the Ohio workers' compensation insurance program for help with the costs of a funeral and burial and a portion of lost income.

Source: daytondailynews.com, "Subcontract worker killed in industrial accident at Franklin vehicle parts maker", Kara Driscoll, Aug. 22, 2017

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