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June 2011 Archives

Fatal Motorcycle Accident Wrongful Death Trial Concludes

In July 2008, an Ohio teenage girl was a passenger on a motorcycle that witnesses say was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic near Shadyside, Ohio. When a vehicle pulled in front of the bike, the driver was unable to avoid a collision, and both the driver and passenger were ejected in the motorcycle accident that resulted. A few weeks following the collision, the passenger died from her injuries.

OSHA Action against Ohio Excavation Co. for Trench Collapse Death

The most serious safety citation that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") issues for dangerous workplace conduct or conditions is a "willful violation." OSHA deems that an employer cited for a willful violation either knew or should reasonably have known that a hazardous condition existed that would likely result in the death or injury of a worker and, nonetheless, took no remedial action to eliminate the hazard. The most commonly cited willful violation relates to an employer's acts or omissions that directly contribute to excavation accidents.

Ohio Marks Safety Month with New Injury Prevention Courses

The National Safety Council deems June as National Safety Month each year, promoting initiatives throughout the month that highlight and stress enhanced safety and the reduction of deaths and injuries in American workplaces.

Focus: Fatigue Among Commercial Truck and Bus Drivers

In a May 19 blog post, we informed readers that the National Transportation Safety Board ("NTSB") was pushing employers with drivers of large commercial vehicles to install on-board devices that automatically record how much time a driver spends behind the wheel.

Ohio Steel Co. Targeted, Fined Heavily by OSHA for Safety Lapses

Republic Engineered Products Inc., headquartered in Canton, Ohio, is well-known by OSHA officials.

Small Car Crash Test Results: Manufacturers are Stepping Up

David Zuby, chief research officer for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ("IIHS"), notes that "the laws of physics always are in effect for cars." Given that scientific immutability, and all else being equal, a driver and his or her passengers will always fare better in a car accident if they are riding in a larger as opposed to a smaller vehicle.

Worker' Comp Risks Grow as Workplace Becomes More Fluid, Mobile

The "traditional" office or other work environment for many Ohio employees -- as well as for workers throughout the rest of the country -- has greatly changed over the past generation.

Ohio OSHA Fines Construction Co. for Excavation Cave-in Hazards

Saying that a Michigan construction company was "inviting tragedy on the job" by failing to safely protect employees from excavation accidents while they were working on a construction project in Toledo, an Ohio Department of Labor spokesperson announced penalties of $54,600 against the company.