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Ohio manufacturing accident causes government penalties

Work sites can only be productive when workers and visitors are safe to get things done. Construction, one of the nation's most dangerous professions, requires many laws and regulations to ensure qualified people are working with the appropriate procedures to prevent injury or death.

When accidents happen, there are often few choices for the victims of workplace injuries and their families. The most common one is to claim financial damages from the parties responsible for a dangerous work environment.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will also pursue penalties against companies that violate safety regulations. An Ohio manufacturer faces more than $200,000 in fines regardless of any settlement with the victim of an industrial accident that crushed his arm.

A machine began operating while the worker was removing buildup from the process of making earthwork supports. The company was cited for failing to have proper safety equipment for its technology and training for its workers.

"This employer failed to implement safety procedures to prevent known hazards," said the area director for OSHA. "This injury could have been avoided if machine locking devices had been installed."

The company has 15 days to answer OSHA's citations. The victim has two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit to claim damages if he and his family deem it necessary.

Victims of workplace accidents and the families of victims of workplace deaths have the right to seek financial damages, including reimbursement of medical expenses and compensation for pain and emotional distress. An attorney can help evaluate the facts, prepare a possible case and represent the victim's interests in court or negotiation.

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