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Highway collision claims Ohio worker's life

Workplaces have to be safe before anything else. This is one rule that employees in every industry can agree on. Safety plays a different part in every workplace, with daily routines being shaped by safety needs more in industries with greater risk to the people in it.

Emergency services such as law enforcement and firefighting have inherent risks and can be some of the most dangerous professions in the country. Construction, however, tops the U.S. and Ohio lists for hazards that may affect workers as well as injuries and deaths on the job.

Contained workplaces offer supervisors more opportunities to protect their workers, but working in public places brings in more factors that could lead to a workplace injury. A construction worker on a paving job in Waterville Township was killed on the highway, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The 43-year-old Napoleon man was laying cones with a partner from a work truck when a 34-year-old driver from Waterville changed lanes and exceeded the edge of the outer lane. His car struck the worker and the truck, dealing fatal injuries to the man outside the truck.

Troopers do not believe the driver was speeding, although they do not know why he changed lanes toward a construction truck in a marked construction zone. One trooper reminded drivers to keep clear of construction crews and vehicles and reduce speed as well as the risk of striking people and equipment.

Victims of workplace injuries and the survivors of those killed on the job may have a case for financial damages to help people and their families become whole after a tragedy. An attorney may be a helpful addition to a team dedicated to righting a workplace wrong.

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