For most people, bowling alleys are associated with a time of fun and camaraderie with friends. Unfortunately, one bowling alley in Ohio was recently the scene of a fatal work-related accident. The 53-year-old victim has been described by co-workers as being an admirable person.
The accident happened in November. Reports indicate that the man was responding to a repair request. His clothing was apparently caught in a machine used to set bowling pins. An autopsy revealed that he died of traumatic asphyxia.
No one witnessed the accident, and the man was discovered after he failed to respond to subsequent repair calls. As is the case in most occupational fatalities, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is conducting an investigation into the incident. If the investigation shows that health and safety standards were violated leading up to the accident, the bowling alley could face a citation as a result.
While OSHA works to prevent a similar work-related accident in the future, the family of the Ohio man is likely coping with the news of his death. In addition to their grief, they may face a complicated financial future due to funeral expenses, lost wages and other missing work-related job benefits. However, states require employers to provide workers’ compensation benefits to their employees to protect them financially in the event of a workplace accident such as this. These benefits likely extend to dependent family members if an accident resulted in a fatality. Because the workers’ compensation process can be complicated and confusing, many people have chosen to seek experienced guidance to help navigate them through it.
Source: hngn.com, “Ohio Bowling Alley Worker Killed In Freak Accident After Clothes Became Entangled In Spikes Of Pin-Setting Machine“, Rida Ahmed, Nov. 9, 2014