Ohio employer negligence lawyer reviews preventable Injuries and Deaths linked to unsafe worksites for plaintiffs nationwide

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) records and publishes annual accounts of employer negligence that results in serious accidents that may include falls and crush injuries, defective tools, electrocutions and burns, trauma and amputations, toxic exposure and poisoning and heavy equipment failure.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati Workplace injury Attorney and Ohio employer negligence lawyer with experience in catastrophic injuries litigation. Mr. Lyon has represented plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of workplace injury and death claims. 

Ohio Employer Negligence Lawyer

OSHA’s Fatal Facts series describes cases where employers fail to identify and correct hazardous working conditions, and in turn lead to fatalities at their worksites. Common industries highlighted include automobile repair, agriculture, aviation, construction, oil & gas, fracking, mining, and manufacturing. Recent reports include the following:

Agriculture Industry:

  • Five workers were operating a cotton press when the press was exerting pressure to compact a cotton bale. The pressure launched pieces of broken columns and a 6,255-pound upper beam into the air and landed on one worker, killing her. Two other workers were hospitalized with serious injuries. Fatigued Worker Accidents, as the press was manufactured in 1974 and had produced over 500,000 bales during its production life and was not replaced by the employer.
  • In another farm-related incident, two 14-year-old temporary workers were electrocuted when one worker touched an electrified irrigation structure in the field where they were detasseling corn. During detasseling, workers manually remove the pollen producing flowers (tassel) from the top of the corn plant and place them on the ground. The metal irrigation system was damaged and without insulation, posing an electrical hazard and contributed to the electrocution. The employer did not properly ground the energized equipment to the electrical source at the transformer and failed to effectively train workers. Burn victims may contact an Ohio employer negligence lawyer to seek compensation.
  • A temporary worker was fatally injured after falling through a sugar hopper and becoming engulfed by sugar. The sugar bridge collapsed. As the worker fell to the bottom of the hopper, his legs went through the chute where he was engulfed by sugar and suffocated. Investigators said the employer did not provide workers with a safe work environment, Entrapment Risk, and a corporate safety program was not implemented at this work site.
  • A farm maintenance worker died after entering a polyethylene storage tank that was not marked to indicate a potential hazardous atmosphere. The tank contained liquid whey, known to produce carbon dioxide gas as it decomposes. The worker died from asphyxiation. An Ohio employer negligence lawyer said the employer was negligent in failing to identify and label all Workplace Ventilation Risks with hazardous substances.

Construction Industry:

  • A construction foreman died from asphyxiation after entering a manhole with an uncontrolled hazardous atmosphere. The foreman was retrieved by fire department personnel and was pronounced dead due to asphyxiation. The employer did not ensure that atmospheric hazards were identified and ventilation provides, and workers were not trained to recognize confined space hazards.
  • A temporary worker died while removing the coating from a bathtub in a residential building when he poured paint remover containing 85-90 percent Methylene Chloride into the bathtub and began scraping. The only ventilation was a partially open window. Asphyxiation, combined with acute methylene chloride toxicity, caused the worker’s death. Nationwide, 17 workers died between 2000 and 2015 while using methylene chloride paint stripping products to refinish bathtubs. Employers are strongly encouraged to provide safer alternatives to methylene chloride paint stripping
  • A worker was climbing down a 400-foot telecommunications tower when he lost his footing. The ladder safety device or system failed, and he plunged 90 feet to his death. The worker did not receive proper training on the ladder safety device he used, and the pawl of the sleeve was defective. In addition, the weight of the worker, his tools and equipment was more than the 310-pound rating of the body harness.
  • Three workers were adding tower sections to increase the height of a material hoist when it collapsed and killed one worker. The material hoist in question sat idle for about a year without maintenance. The safety chain connecting the carriage to the tower broke and the safety brakes did not activate to stop the carriage from falling. The carriage fell 90 feet to the ground. The workers were improperly trained on how to erect the material hoist and use OSHA Fall Safety Violation and the material hoist’s safety brake system was improperly installed.
  • A six-story parking garage was under construction when a portion collapsed, trapping and killing four workers. The workers were using precast concrete structural members to build the parking garage. OSHA’s investigation revealed that the parking garage was not properly erected, and five construction firms involved in the project were cited by OSHA for failing to provide a workplace free from hazards.

Oil and Gas Industry:

  • Six employees were working on a double mast service rig after completing the first stage of an open hydraulic fracture when the load line failed inflicting fatal blunt force trauma to a worker. The load line was in poor working condition and had several broken wire strands. The line was found to be rusted, dry and brittle. Employer negligence was suspected by investigators.
  • Three employees were working on a leaking crude oil flow line that connected a production well to its tank battery when flammable vapors were ignited by their electric pipe threader. A flash fire engulfed the trench in flames and one employee died.

Unsafe Working Conditions Lawsuits

Employees have the right to complain about unsafe working conditions. When employers do not provide safety and accidents occur, legal action may be necessary.

If employers retaliate against a worker for lodging workplace safety complaints, an attorney should be contacted to consider filing whistleblower claims.

If a loved one suffered a fatal injury involving employer negligence, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403.

You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, an Ohio employer negligence lawyer and Ohio workplace injury lawyer, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding employer negligence.