Toledo, Ohio (PRWEB) November 02, 2011
A recent series of significant workplace safety violations at three Ohio companies — one in the southeastern part of the state, and two in the Cleveland area — reveal the serious health hazards many Ohio workers face on the job, said Toledo personal injury attorney William E. Takacs.
“Employers must provide their workers with a safe jobsite and adequate safety training. No one should ever suffer a workplace injury or death because a company failed to comply with workplace safety standards,” said Takacs, the president and managing partner of Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., L.P.A., a Northwest Ohio personal injury law firm that focuses on job-related accidents.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced in a news release late last month that it had cited one Ohio company for 21 safety violations after an investigation prompted by the March 30 death of a maintenance worker inside a rotating drum. The company runs a recycling operation in Marietta, Ohio.
Two of the violations at the Marietta site were deemed to be willful, including failure to provide workers with training about locking out and tagging out equipment that is undergoing maintenance, OSHA said. Deborah Zubaty, OSHA’s Columbus area director, said the company displayed “intentional disregard for employee safety.”
In other news releases, OSHA announced that a Brooklyn, Ohio-based metal products company had received 17 citations for serious safety and health violations, many of which involved excessive exposure to combustible dust, and that a Cleveland aircraft component manufacturer had been cited for 13 safety violations, one of which was a repeat violation for failing to perform, document and certify its annual inspection of energy control procedures.
Although Takacs, the Toledo workplace injury lawyer, is not handling any matters related to the recent OSHA citations, he said that he often works with the victims of such lax safety practices in his representation of on-the-job accident victims.
“These kinds of workplace safety violations shed light on the types of conditions that can lead to serious on-the-job personal injuries or even wrongful deaths,” Takacs said. “OSHA violations are not bureaucratic technicalities. They are warning flags that there are major threats to workplace safety.”
Takacs said the Ohio workplace injury attorneys at his firm are passionate about helping injured workers and their families pursue the compensation they deserve both under the state’s workers’ compensation system and, under certain circumstances, through personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.
“If you or a loved one has suffered an injury at work, you are likely entitled to compensation regardless of whether your employer violated safety rules. That’s because Ohio workers’ compensation is a no-fault program,” Takacs said.
He encouraged victims of on-the-job accidents to seek competent legal counsel from a workplace injury attorney to learn about their options.
About Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., L.P.A.
Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., L.P.A. is a full service Toledo personal injury law firm that represents working men and women, individuals with disabilities and labor unions throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan, including the communities of Toledo, Findlay, Bowling Green, Northwood, Oregon, Perrysburg, Sylvania, Lima, Defiance, Fremont, Sandusky and Waterville. In addition to a general practice, the firm assists clients in personal injury, workers’ compensation, Social Security disability, labor and bankruptcy cases. The firm’s personal injury areas include construction injuries, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, slip-and-falls, farming injuries, defective products, medical malpractice and nursing home injuries. For more information, call Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., L.P.A. at (800) 352-1976 or use its online form at http://www.gallonlaw.com.