Common Causes of Fatal Work Accidents in OhioMar 29, 2019 Legal Blog Ohio Personal Injury Workplace injuries Wrongful Death
Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 164 workplace deaths in Ohio in 2016. While they typically occur in industries like manufacturing and construction, employees in any workplace can lose their lives due to job-related accidents.
If you lost a loved one in a fatal work accident, it is in your best interest to consult an experienced Ohio work injury attorney at Kisling, Nestico & Redick. We may be able to help you recover death benefits through a wrongful death claim that can ease the financial burden you may be facing.
Why Do Fatal Work Accidents Happen?
There are various reasons employees may lose their lives while on the job. Some of the most common fatal work accidents in Ohio include:
Some work environments contain vehicles and large trucks that may pose serious dangers. Employees may get struck or run over by a moving vehicle, fall from a vehicle, or even get crushed by or stuck under an overturned vehicle. Vehicle-related fatalities are usually seen in agricultural, industrial, and manufacturing environments.
Fires and Explosions
Improperly stored combustible materials, open flames, defective gas lines, and poor pipefitting may all lead to fires and explosions in the workplace. Fires and explosions can cause flying objects to strike employees and expose them to toxic substances. In some cases, fires and explosions lead to serious burns and respiratory system damage. However, many times, they contribute to fatalities at work.
Assaults and Violent Acts
Despite the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s guidelines for violence prevention at work, violent acts and assaults do occur in various work environments throughout Ohio. Physical assaults are a form of workplace violence, which can lead to serious injuries and fatalities. They can be committed by co-workers, customers or clients, or strangers.
Heavy machinery is used in a wide range of workplaces and can pose a danger when certain safety precautions are disregarded. Inadequate training and defective machinery may lead to workplace fatalities, making it important to ensure that all employees who use machinery are properly trained and the machinery is thoroughly inspected on a regular basis.
Exposure to Harmful Substances
Even office work environments can expose employees to harmful substances like paint or cleaning products. Over time, harmful substances can lead to serious consequences like mesothelioma, other cancers, or death. The most dangerous harmful substances that may be seen in workplaces include asbestos, lead, mercury, benzene, and toxic exhaust.
What to Do If You Lost a Loved One in a Work Accident
If your loved one passed away as a result of a work accident, it is imperative to reach out to an Ohio wrongful death lawyer right away. You may be able to obtain death benefits through a survival action if you are:
- A surviving spouse
- A child under age 18
- A child under age 25 who is in school full-time
- An adult child with a physical or mental disability
The amount of benefits you may receive is based on the amount of support that your loved one provided to you when they were alive and working. A lawyer can ensure you receive the full and fair compensation you may be entitled to.
Contact Kisling, Nestico & Redick
If you’ve lost a loved one in a work-related accident, contact KNR immediately. We can inform you of your legal options and ensure your rights are protected. While we cannot bring your loved one back, we may be able to help you recover the compensation you need to move forward with your life.
Call 1-800-HURT-NOW today to set up a free, no-risk consultation.