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Safety violation might have caused death of public works employee

Many workers in industrial facilities in Ohio have to face the hazards posed by the working parts of machines. Some employers neglect to protect workers against this type of danger. It is a safety violation that can claim lives or cause permanent disabilities.

The Louisville Public Works Department reported a tragedy that occurred two days after Christmas and underscored the risks that city workers have to face on a daily basis. Their jobs to keep roads clear of snow and ice are hazardous, as evidenced by the death of a 52-year-old employee. He was a member of a work crew that typically deals with road issues such as potholes and snow clearing.

Reportedly, the man was one of several workers loading salt onto a conveyor belt at one of the city's maintenance facilities. Under the circumstances yet to be determined, he was caught in the operating parts of the conveyor and suffered multiple injuries that caused his death. A spokesperson said a second worker was admitted to the hospital for treatment of injuries he received during the same accident.

Whenever an Ohio family has to deal with the death of a loved one in a workplace accident, financial assistance may be available. The workers' compensation insurance system provides death benefits to help surviving family members cope with the expenses related to end-of-life arrangements. Furthermore, the benefits might include a financial package to cover day-to-day living expenses and other obligations such as the mortgage or rental for a predetermined period after the death of an employee, even if a safety violation did not cause the accident.

Source: whas11.com, "Public Works Facility accident victim ID'd", Heather Fountaine, Dec. 28, 2017

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