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.
Slip-and-fall accidents can happen in any workplace in Ohio, including industrial facilities. Employees and supervisors will likely all be aware of the circumstances that can cause falls, and they will also know that the failure to address such a hazard is a safety violation. These can include spills on the floor, electric extension cords, out-of-place objects, folded floor mats and more.
While most employees in Ohio likely rely on their employers to protect them from harm in the workplace as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, many business owners are more concerned about profits and production. Sadly, the slightest safety violation could lead to a workplace accident in which lives are lost. Although OSHA typically investigates on-the-job fatalities, the surviving families will be left without income providers, regardless of the outcome of an investigation.
Workers at coal-fired power plants in Ohio and elsewhere are typically exposed to multiple hazards, one of which is a pollution-control byproduct known as hydrogen sulfide. Limestone scrubbers serve to trap sulfur gases at power plants. Over time the sulfur causes the limestone to turn into gypsum, which releases hydrogen sulfide during degradation. Failure to protect employees against such hazards is a safety violation.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration arrived at the scene of a fatal workplace accident in Ohio. Compliance inspectors will investigate the circumstances that led to the worker's death. They will also be able to determine whether a repeat safety violation might have been committed. Reportedly, the company was cited for nine violations in 2010.
The recycling industry has proved to pose many safety hazards, judging by the number of catastrophic injuries and even deaths that occur at recycling plants nationwide. An Ohio worker died in a workplace accident at a recycling plant on Aug. 3. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident to determine whether a safety violation was responsible for this fatality.
While electricians in Ohio are typically familiar with the dangers posed by electricity, others may encounter those hazards unintentionally. Outdoor workers who are uninformed or lack safety training may accidentally come in contact with powerful sources of electricity. If not handled with care, electrical equipment can cause shocks that can result in permanent disability.
Amsted Rail Company Inc. in Ohio has been added to the Severe Violator Enforcement Program of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This follows two investigations -- the first one in January and the second one in February of this year. In total, investigators identified 30 safety violations during these inspections.
Industrial facilities in Ohio pose many safety hazards -- some of which are less obvious than others. The truth is that these often unrecognized dangers can lead to workplace accidents that could cause permanent disability. At this time of the year, dehydration is likely the most significant of these overlooked risks. Workers who are exposed to high temperatures in factories or warehouses can dehydrate, which can cause heat stroke or cardiac problems. Frequent water breaks and a supply of fresh, cool water is essential.
For any worker, the knowledge that a workplace injury that caused a catastrophic injury could have been prevented if only the employer had complied with safety regulations must be devastating. Such must be the feelings of an Ohio worker who suffered and amputation injury at his place of work last December. The employee of the auto insulation manufacturer will have to go through life without a right hand after his hand, wrist and part of his forearm were amputated.