Companies cited by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) for safety-related violations at construction and other work sites can accept the citation -- whether that means paying a fine, remedying a substandard work condition that could lead to a construction accident, equipment accident or other injury or terminating engagement in a dangerous activity -- or challenge OSHA's determination.
Two weeks ago, an Ohio man was found dead at a construction company's office in Tallmadge. The 48-year-old, a mechanic from Deerfield, died of compressional asphyxia, according to the medical examiner. A co-worker found him dead, trapped under a pneumatic lift.
The specter of a serious or fatal construction accident in Ohio often relates to what might happen -- most often through negligence -- at a building site where workers are at risk of an equipment accident, a fall or scaffolding accident, electrical or burn injuries, a trench cave or similarly dangerous condition.
Several Ohio manufacturing and construction companies have drawn the close scrutiny of inspectors from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) over the past several months, with each being given citations for safety violations. Collectively, the companies were assessed more than a quarter million dollars in fines for the part OHSA investigators say they played in various construction accident incidents and other work-related injuries.