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Safety violation causes roof worker to suffer serious injuries

Some construction workers in Ohio and elsewhere are unfortunate enough to have employers who have little or no regard for employee safety. Construction is an industry with numerous safety hazards, and even the slightest safety violation can cause life-changing injuries. A business in a neighboring state is a perfect example of a company that fails to provide a safe workplace environment.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently reported the outcome of an investigation into a workplace accident in which a worker fell a distance of 19 feet from a roof on which he was working without fall protection. Penalties of over $85,000 were proposed for violations that included the failure to insist that workers wear fall protection. However, it was apparently found that the fall protection that was provided was uninspected and defective, and would have provided no protection even if the worker had worn it.

Other violations that the compliance inspectors identified included exposure to forklift, scaffolding and electrical hazards. Many deaths in the construction industry are due to fall accidents. In fact, falls are one of the leading causes of workplace fatalities. Although the worker who fell in this incident suffered serious injuries, he was fortunate to survive.

Any victim of a construction accident in Ohio may be entitled to seek financial assistance through the workers' compensation insurance program -- regardless of whether it resulted from a safety violation. An experienced workers' compensation attorney can help navigate the administrative and legal proceedings. Benefits typically cover medical expenses and lost wages for the period of hospitalization or recuperation.

Source: workerscompensation.com, "WV Contractor Cited After Employee Injured in 19 Ft Roof Fall", Dec. 5, 2017

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