With many worried about becoming injured on the job, recent grants awarded in Ohio should alleviate some of those concerns. The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation awarded more than $217,000 to 10 companies within the state hoping to make their businesses safer for their employees.
In Ohio, more than five million people head to work each day. Unfortunately, workplace accidents claim the lives of some of those people each year. In an effort to recognize those people, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation decided to honor the 145 men and women who lost their lives while on the job in the past year.
On May 7, 2010, a public works employee had been directed to inspect and clean a sewer line located on Yankee Road in Middleton, Ohio. The 31-year-old worker died from nitrogen fumes inhaled during a workplace accident on the site. In an attempt to rescue the young worker, three firefighters were injured. The fatality prompted the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation's Public Employees Risk Reduction Standards Department to conduct a full investigation into the incident. The investigation spanned over a nearly six month period.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the possible wrongful death of a 24-year-old man who was killed while feeding a black bear at an exotic animal farm. On August 19, Brent Kandra was mauled by the bear at a compound owned by Sam Mazzola and known as Wildlife Adventures of Ohio. He was transported by helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland but was later pronounced dead.