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Fatal fall might have been the result of a safety violation

Employers in Ohio are expected to protect their employees from harm. By complying with the safety regulations that are prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, they can ensure that employees are not exposed to known hazards. However, even a single safety violation can cause permanent impairment or even a death.

OSHA has initiated an investigation into the recent death of a worker who fell from a roof on which he was working. According to the sheriff's office in Putnam County, the incident was reported shortly after 10 a.m. on a recent Thursday. Reportedly, a 21-year-old employee was standing on a cross beam about 26 feet off the ground while removing roofing from a barn.

Officers say the beam broke, causing the worker to fall to the ground. No mention was made of the worker wearing personal protective equipment such as a fall harness, which could have arrested the fall if it had been securely attached to an anchor point. An incident report indicates that the worker's injuries were severe, and he died before he could be transported to a hospital.

Whenever lives are lost in on-the-job accidents in Ohio, the surviving families may pursue financial assistance. The workers' compensation program is a no-fault system, so survivors' benefits can be claimed regardless of whether the death was caused by a safety violation. Many grieving families choose to seek the guidance and support of an experienced workers' compensation attorney to help them navigate the claims for compensation to cover end-of-life expenses and lost wages.

Source: limaohio.com, "Putnam County, OSHA investigate fatal construction accident", Sam Shriver, Jan. 19, 2018

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