In Ohio and elsewhere, when an employee suffers injury or illness within the due course and scope of employment in the workplace, he or she is typically entitled to claim benefits that will pay for medical treatment and replace lost wages related to the incident. Depending upon the circumstances, a claim for benefits can be a somewhat basic and straightforward process or a more complicated situation where further analysis of the details and events leading up to an accident or illness might be needed. A recent work-related accident that took place in a neighboring state at a refinery project site ended in tragedy and has required an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
According to the Ohio office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the construction industry's primary cause of fatalities is falls. While many people may think that the distance a worker falls will determine the severity of injuries, OSHA says that many workers' deaths have been caused by falls from heights of less than 10 feet. OSHA prescribes strict safety regulations for the construction industry, many of which are particularly aimed at protecting workers from falling in a work-related accident.
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.
Falls are some of the most common work-related injuries, particularly among workers at construction sites, warehouses, factories and others in physically demanding occupations. Some workplace falls involve trips, slips and stumbles on a slippery or obstructed walking surface, while others involve falls from heights due to inadequate restraint systems, broken guard rails or other factors.