While most employees in Ohio likely rely on their employers to protect them from harm in the workplace as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, many business owners are more concerned about profits and production. Sadly, the slightest safety violation could lead to a workplace accident in which lives are lost. Although OSHA typically investigates on-the-job fatalities, the surviving families will be left without income providers, regardless of the outcome of an investigation.
OSHA compliance inspectors initiated an investigation into the death of an employee of a provider of quartz, marble, granite and other stone surfaces in Columbus. According to an incident report, a 55-year-old man was crushed to death at approximately 11 a.m. on a recent Tuesday. Reportedly, the man was working in an area in which a safety pole contained granite slabs.
For reasons yet to be determined, one such a supporting pole collapsed, allowing the massive slabs to fall onto the worker who could not get out of the way in time to escape the load. Co-workers apparently lifted the granite from the victim with the aid of a crane, and he was rushed to a hospital. Sadly, he did not survive the incident.
While OSHA investigators work to determine whether a safety violation caused this tragedy, the surviving family members may proceed with the filing of a claim for financial assistance. They will be entitled to death benefits through the workers’ compensation insurance program of Ohio. A successful claim will provide coverage for a funeral and burial along with a wage-replacement package to cover living expenses for a predetermined period.
Source: ehstoday.com, “Granite Slabs Crush Ohio Worker“, Stefanie Valentic, Oct. 5, 2017