As expected, Ohio highways were extremely busy over the Memorial Day weekend. Multiple car accidents happened across the state, many of which caused severe injuries. Some were fatal. Three injured victims were rushed to hospitals after a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 76.
Construction sites in Ohio are dangerous places. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the top four causes of construction workers' accidents are preventable. They are caused by falls, struck-by hazards, caught-in or between accidents and electrocutions.
After a long period in which car crash fatalities declined, the number rose significantly in 2015 and 2016 on U.S. roadways.
The National Transportation Safety Board says an average of 360 people nationwide lose their lives in collisions that are caused by wrong-way drivers every year. Head-on collisions are likely the most feared type of car accidents in Ohio because they are so likely to cause death or catastrophic injuries. Keeping certain precautions in mind might help someone who encounters a wrong-way driver.
The manufacturing industry exposes workers to multiple safety hazards. This was underscored by the fines of more than $250,000 that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed after completing two inspections at the facility of a plastics manufacturer in Ohio. Injuries related to electrical hazards and defective industrial machines make up a significant percentage of workers' compensation claims every year.
Now that spring is upon us, drivers will see an increase in motorcycles on Ohio roads. Motorists need to watch for these smaller vehicles since accidents do happen and the riders are very vulnerable to injury.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that compliance with the agency's strict safety regulations can prevent almost all types of work-related injuries. However, construction workers' accidents in Ohio continue to cause injuries, which are often severe or even fatal. For that reason, some safety authorities advise construction workers to take all the precautions they can to protect themselves rather than to place their lives in the hands of their employers.