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.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration in a neighboring state will determine whether such a safety violation caused the death of a 39-year-old construction worker on a recent Wednesday evening. An incident report indicates that the man was working on the removal of a swimming pool when the deadly accident occurred. Reportedly, he was operating a portable saw at the time.
It is believed that the blade became stuck while he was trying to saw through the metal pool. Apparently, he pulled it out with force and lost control of the saw. The spinning blade of the saw hit the worker in the neck, killing him almost instantly. The incident is being investigated as an accident.
Any safety violation on a construction site can have devastating consequences. Any Ohio family who loses a loved one in an on-the-job accident can get help with the unanticipated financial losses. Workers’ compensation death benefits will provide coverage of the expenses related to end-of-life arrangements along with a wage-replacement package that will cover a percentage of the deceased worker’s weekly wage. Some families choose to seek the services of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to navigate claims for them.
Source: freep.com, “Construction worker removing pool killed by saw in Troy“, Elisha Anderson, Sept. 14, 2017