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Safety violation might have led to fatality on construction site

Falling objects on construction sites will always be a danger to which Ohio workers will be exposed. This is one of the hazards that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration covers in the safety regulations for the construction industry. Unfortunately, the slightest safety violation can cause an object to fall, and the consequences may be devastating.

A construction worker lost his life in a construction accident on a recent Wednesday afternoon. According to the Cleveland police, the incident occurred at a construction site on the Cleveland State University campus. Reportedly, a subcontracting pipe fitter was struck by a piece of sheet metal. Emergency crews rushed to the site after receiving a call shortly after 2 p.m.

Authorities say the attempts of the paramedics to revive the injured worker failed, and officials from the medical examiner's office were called to pronounce his death. The circumstances that led to the dropped object is yet to be determined. As with all fatal workplace accidents, this one will likely be investigated by OSHA.

Regardless of whether a worker's death on the job resulted from a safety violation or another cause, the surviving family members can pursue financial assistance to cope with the costs of a funeral and burial along with lost income. However, if the accident was caused by the negligence of another company's employees, the family might also have grounds for a third-party civil claim. An experienced Ohio workers' compensation attorney can explain how such a claim can be filed at the same time as a workers' compensation claim.

Source: cleveland.com, "Construction worker at CSU killed in accident, police, medical examiner say", Justin Madden, Oct. 12, 2017

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