Landscaping companies are out in full force this time of year. These companies need to take advantage of the warm summer months to get all their work completed before the fall frost moves in. Landscaping, like many other large-scale projects, can require heavy equipment and machinery to get the job done. Hopefully, workers in this field are fully trained and knowledgeable in operating this type of equipment but even with the best training, working with large machinery still comes with a certain amount of risk.
An Ohio man was recently killed on property owned by a landscaping company. The 54-year-old man was trapped underneath a backhoe on the land located in Moraine. According to investigators, the backhoe fell on the victim while he was changing a tire on the vehicle. It appears that the landscaping company did not employ the man, however, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation is looking into the accident.
No matter the amount of training or safety precautions employers and employees take, workplace accidents can still happen. The state-run workers' compensation system takes this risk into account and allows employers to compensate workers who are injured during the course of employment.
Even if the man on the property was not an employee of the landscaping company, the investigation by the OBWC indicates that he may have been under the purview of another company or employer. If the man is eligible for workers' compensation, his family may be able to recover payments to pay for expenses related to his death, including lost wages and funeral expenses. The payments will not heal the pain of losing a family member but the financial support will be welcome during such a difficult time.
Source: WDTN 2 News, "Victim in backhoe accident identified," July 16, 2013