When a worker in Ohio has been injured on-the-job, there are different ways that their employer may be held liable. Recently, a manufacturing company based in Ohio was cited for safety violations after one of its employees was injured. The Ohio-based company was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after an employee was hospitalized with a crushed arm.
The proposed penalty for the citation is a fine of $213,411. Investigators for OSHA determined that the worker was injured when the machine the worker was cleaning began operating while the employee was removing product build-up from it. The company was cited for failing to implement procedures to prevent the machine from unintentionally starting up and for failing to properly train employees. According to OSHA, the installation of machine-locking devices could have prevented the industrial worker accident that injured the worker.
The Ohio-based company has been placed in the severe violator enforcement program because of previous violations. The company has 15 days to pursue options to challenge the findings. It manufactures biodegradable erosion-control blankets. Workers have the right to feel safe in their workplaces and to be safe from known hazards and hazards employers should be aware of.
Because workplace safety should be a priority for employers, it is important for injured workers to be familiar with the resources available to help them when they have been injured in a workplace accident. Workers’ compensation benefits can help victims injured on-the-job obtain the financial resources they need as they recover from the accident. An OSHA citation can also help hold negligent employers accountable for the injuries a worker suffered on-the-job.