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Ohio workplace accident sends three to the hospital

Each state is responsible for the safety of its employees in the workforce. States, like Ohio, must have laws in place regarding workplace safety that at least meet the same protection levels as offered by the Occupation Safety and Health Act (OSHA).

OSHA is the government organization equivalent that monitors safe working conditions. Ohio and OSHA both try to prevent workplace accidents and injuries, but, in the event that they do occur, the state and federal organizations have systems in place, like workers' compensation, that offer remedies to injured parties and victims.

Another responsibility of OSHA is to conduct workplace inspections. The inspections are prioritized with the most important being instances of imminent danger. The second most important for inspections are instances where an accident occurred and either killed someone or where a number of people went to the hospital.

OSHA recently conducted an investigation at an ammunition factory in Anderson Township, Ohio. There was an explosion at the factory during the morning, and three employees were injured. The employees were recycling ammunition for use as new cartridges.

The local fire marshal deemed the explosion an accident. OSHA investigators generally look for evidence of employers placing workers in unsafe conditions, but those results will not be released for some time.

Employers are responsible for providing adequate safety training to employees and adequate safety or protective gear. If this responsibility is unfulfilled and an employee is injured, the employer could be responsible for those injuries. In addition, the employer may be reprimanded by state or federal workplace safety organizations. Either way, employees who are injured at work should be able to collect workers' compensation payments to cover the cost of those injuries and any expenses of recovery.

Source: FOX 19, "Fire marshal's office rules ammunition explosion an accident," Oct. 4, 2013

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