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Safety violation led to fatal workplace accident in auto factory

Employees in the automotive manufacturing industry in Columbus, Ohio and elsewhere are typically exposed to multiple occupational safety hazards. If their employers disregard safety regulations, the workers' lives could be on the line. The slightest safety violation could result in a fatal workplace accident.

The importance of compliance with safety regulations was underscored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration when the agency recently cited an auto manufacturer in a neighboring state after an investigation into the death of a worker. Reportedly, the incident occurred in October when a 44-year-old employee suffered fatal injuries when she came into contact with the moving parts of a machine. IOSHA cited the company with $224,000 for five violations of safety regulations.

The exact details of the accident were not reported, but compliance inspectors determined that the employer failed to ensure a safe workplace environment. Apparently, this was evident in the way that the employee was exposed to rotating parts of a machine that snagged her loose clothing and led to her suffering fatal blunt force trauma. Furthermore, the company allegedly failed to provide the necessary training to teach the employee about the dangers of hazardous power sources that could cause entanglement in machines such as moving belts.

It is understandably devastating for the family of a deceased worker to learn that their loved one's death could have been prevented had there not been a safety violation -- as was declared by IOSHA in this case. Families in Ohio who find themselves in similar situations may find comfort in knowing that the workers' compensation insurance program aims to assist surviving family members by allowing them to pursue claims for death benefits. An experienced workers' compensation attorney is available to help families navigate the complicated claims process in pursuit of all applicable insurance benefits.

Source: manufacturing.net, "Automotive Manufacturer Fined After Worker Fatality", Rachelle Blair-Frasier, Nov. 29, 2017

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