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Workplace accidents and related injuries occur every day, and the vast majority are preventable if employers follow basic safety procedures outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for their respective industry. Accidents are commonly the result of an unsafe work environment, and workplace injuries can be linked to the following:

After an accident occurs, OSHA employees and yourOSHA violation lawyer may be contacted to investigate the root cause of an accident.

Every employee has the right to a safe work environment, and if it is determined that your employers violated OSHA safety guidelines, a personal injury and workplace injury lawsuit may be filed to recover medical expenses, lost wages, and long-term disability.

Joe Lyon is an experienced OSHA violation lawyer and workplace injury attorney reviewing traumatic workplace injuries for plaintiffs nationwide.

The Lyon Firm handles OSHA whistleblower cases, when employees come forward to reveal unsafe working conditions that have led to accidents and injuries. 

OSHA  Safety Violations

  • Lack of fall protection—many noted violations cited by OSHA stemmed from a lack of effective protective systems for construction workers working at height without proper safeguards.
  • Toxic hazard communication—industries using potentially dangerous chemicals have a duty to educate workers about the dangers of toxic materials and outline plans to treat exposed employees.
  • Dangerous ladders and scaffolding—scaffolding may present a fall hazard if not properly installed and maintained at work sites.
  • Respiratory protection—it is too common for employers to neglect a respiratory protection plan for workers inhaling dangerous chemicals at the workplace.
  • Powered industrial trucks—forklifts, handcarts and other machinery requires proper training and certification to limit the unsafe use in industrial settings.
  • Machine guarding—safeguards and barriers may be removed by management and present a serious violation of safety standards.
  • Electrical wiring methods—makeshift wiring can create fire and electrocution hazards.
  • Emergency Response and Evacuation Plans—in high risk employment settings like construction sites, power plants, fracking sites and other industrial plants, it is crucial to have a well-implemented emergency response plan.
  • Fire Protection—workplaces must be equipped with working smoke alarms and sprinkler systems.
  • Gas Detection—smoke and carbon monoxide sensors are critical in saving lives in dangerous work areas.
  • Workplace Ventilation—when using toxic chemicals in the workplace, the areas must be ventilated to protect employees.

Workplace Accident

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issues thousands of citations related to workplace safety violations, many of which cite a lack of formal training program for employees working at heights, which presents fall hazards.

With each workplace, the hazards are unique, however there are some clear rules and regulations that employers must adhere to in order to best protect their workers in safe working environment.

There are some industries that see the majority of the most severe accidents and injuries year after year. Common hazardous work sites and occupations include road work zones, construction sites, farms, warehouses and factories, fracking sites, trucking and transportation. Common accidents and injuries include:

OSHA Trucking Regulations

Trucking accidents are likely to be very serious and cause a number of fatalities each year in Ohio and across the nation. In many cases, trucks and semis are overloaded or fail to meet OSHA and DOT safety standards.

Trucking companies have a duty to make sure our roads are safe and trucks meet OSHA trucking guidelines. If a truck accident occurs due to an OSHA trucking violation, a negligence lawsuit may be filed by victims of the accident.

Warehouse Accidents & Safety Standards

In factories and warehouses, there are several safety regulations that are critical in creating a safe working environment for employees. These include machine safeguards, fork truck safety, protective equipment, proper chemical storage and others.

Warehouse Accidents have been known to occur when supervisors and management fails to create a safe workplace and relaxes the regulations in place. Companies will be liable for warehouse accidents that cause serious injury to workers.

Chemical Storage & Material Hazards

The proper storage of chemicals is critical in establishing a safe workplace for employees. Workers must be trained on chemical hazards and provided with proper protective gloves and goggles if they are to be handling hazardous materials.

A failure to control chemicals in the workplace will likely eventually lead to a chemical spill or chemical burn injury accident. Employers are urged to take every precaution available to avoid workplace chemical accidents.

Contact an OSHA Violation Lawyer

Following an injury on a work site, it is critical that all evidence is preserved with photos, physical evidence and witness testimony collected. An official OSHA investigation should be conducted to determine the cause of an accident, which can lead directly into legal action and workplace injury lawsuits.

You may qualify for worker’s compensation, though your case may be worth much more than what is offered by the employer or the state benefit system. Contact an OSHA violation lawyer to review your case.

Plaintiffs and workers may file a complaint with OSHA if an employer retaliates against them by taking personnel action because they engaged in protected complaints related to workplace safety or health, unsafe working conditions, asbestos exposure, unsafe transportation conditions, aviation concerns, commercial motor carrier safety, unpaid overtime wages, manufacturing defects, environmental law violations, food safety, health, motor vehicle safety, equipment failure, or public transportation hazards.

Employers have tended to unlawfully hit back at workers who call out or lodge complaints against a company for unsafe working conditions. OSHA whistleblower law protects workers against employer retaliation and wrongful termination, and any other unfavorable personnel action, which may include:

  • Demotion
  • Denying overtime or promotion
  • Disciplining
  • Denying benefits
  • Failing to rehire
  • Firing or laying off
  • Intimidation
  • Making threats
  • Reassignment to a less desirable position
  • Reducing pay or hours
  • Suspension

Unsafe Workplace Lawsuits

When an employee fears their safety is at risk from unsafe working conditions, OSHA recommends that employees try first to resolve safety and health issues by reporting them to their supervisors, managers or the industry safety and health committee.

Employees can also complain to their local OSHA Regional Office and ask for a safety inspection if they believe there is an OSHA safety violation or an “imminent danger.”

When filing unsafe work environment lawsuits, employees and their attorneys must provide complete and accurate information about an alleged hazard, answering questions regarding the following:

  • How many employees work at the site and how many are exposed to the hazard?
  • How and when are workers exposed?
  • What work is performed in the unsafe or unhealthful area?
  • What type of equipment is used? Is it in good condition?
  • What materials and/or chemicals are used?
  • Have employees been informed or trained regarding hazardous conditions?
  • What process and/or operation is involved?
  • What kinds of work are done nearby?
  • How often and for how long do employees work at the task that leads to their exposure?
  • How long (to your knowledge) has the condition existed?
  • Have any attempts been made to correct the problem?
  • How many shifts work in the area and what times do they start? On what shifts does the hazard exist?
  • What personal protective equipment is required by the employer? Is the equipment used by the employees?
  • Has anyone been injured or made ill as a result of this problem?
  • Have there been any “near-miss” incidents?

Examples: OSHA Violations

  1. Ajin USA, an auto parts suppliers, was investigated after a worker was crushed to death while clearing a sensor fault in a conveyor belt. The machine restarted, and the worker was trapped inside the machine. OSHA alleged that Ajin USA failed to use energy control procedures to prevent machinery from starting during maintenance and servicing. The company also exposed employees to crushing and amputation hazards as a result of improper machine guarding.
  2. Atlantic Drain Service, in Boston, MA, was the site of two worker deaths when a trench collapsed, breaking an adjacent fire hydrant line and instantly flooded the trench. The OSHA determined that the employer did not provide basic safeguards against collapse or offer employee training for hazards associated with trenching and excavation work.
  3. Great White Construction Inc. was fined by the OSHA when an inspector witnessed employees removing shingles and plywood sheeting from the roof of a building without using proper fall protection. The workers’ harnesses were not properly tied. Great White Construction was cited for failure to protect employees from fall hazards. The company also was cited for three repeat violations for failure to ensure employees wear eye protection while using nail guns.
  4. Arrow Plumbing in Missouri faced eight violations after inspectors determined that a worker was operating in an unprotected trench only one month after another worker died when a trench collapsed under similar conditions.
  5. Amsted Rail Company in Groveport, Ohio—a steel freight component manufacturer—was cited for multiple violations after an employee suffered a crushed leg while performing maintenance. An investigation uncovered numerous machine safety violations. The OSHA also conducted a second investigation after finding incidents of workers exposed to silica at amounts greater than the permissible exposure limit.
  6. Autoneum North America, an auto insulation supplier in Oregon, Ohio was cited after a worker’s arm was caught in a shredding machine, resulting in the amputation of the worker’s right hand and wrist. The OSHA cited the company for inadequate machine safety procedures.
  7. Milark Industries, an automobile, motorcycle and appliance part manufacturer in Mansfield, Ohio, was found to have a lack of adequate machine safeguards, which led to various injuries, including a worker who suffered the amputation of two fingers. Violations included bypassing safety devices during maintenance.
  8. Big Tex Trailer Manufacturing, a truck bed manufacturer, was fined after inspectors found that workers involved in spray painting and power coating operations did not undergo required medical evaluation and respirator fit testing.
  9. Prinz Grain & Feed was cited after a grain bin collapsed, engulfing and killing a worker. OSHA found that Prinz Grain & Feed failed to train workers in confined space entry, or warn of grain handling hazards.
  10. BWAY Corp., a manufacturer of rigid metal, plastic and hybrid containers, was investigated for four separate reports of employee injuries prompted by inadequate machine safety procedures. Three workers suffered amputations and another worker suffered two broken bones when machinery crushed his hand.


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Joseph Lyon has 17 years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against many of the largest companies in the world.

The Firm focuses on single-event civil cases and class actions involving corporate neglect & fraud, toxic exposure, product defects & recalls, medical malpractice, and invasion of privacy.


The Firm offers contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and accepting the full financial risk, allowing our clients full access to the legal system while reducing the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare and financial needs.

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Why are these cases important?

Serious injuries and accidents often result through no fault of the injured party, yet the injured victim suffers from life altering physical, mental and financial losses. Such economic and human losses can have devastating financial consequences on individuals and families if not properly compensated. Tort law allows those individuals to seek just legal recourse through personal injury lawsuits.


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Questions about Industrial Accident Cases
What are the types of Industrial Accident Cases?

Equipment rollovers and falls are the main causes of injury and death in industry. For workers on foot, being struck by heavy equipment or trucks are major causes of death.

Vehicle and forklift overturns are a leading cause of injuries and fatalities. Each year in the United States, nearly 100 workers are killed and another 20,000 are seriously injured in forklift-related incidents.

Falls on the job are no less fatal. In the United States each year, over 500 workers die as a result of falls from elevations.

Other preventable events include the following:

What is an Arc Flash Injury?

Arc flash accidents are an electrical occurrence when an electrical current deviates from its designated path and travels to another conductor. If a worker is hit by an arc flash or is even near one, they are likely to suffer severe electrical injury.

Anything from dropping a tool to faulty wiring can cause an arc flash accident. Poorly maintained materials or electrical systems can lead to arc flash incidents. An electric shock, burns, fires and damage is likely following an arc flash. Employers are urged to protect workers from arc flash injury, with the following prevention methods:

  • De-energize electrical circuits while working
  • Use proper insulation and guarding
  • Provide workers with work barricades
  • Install adequate ground fault circuit interrupters
  • Provide workers with personal safety equipment
  • Place warning labels regarding arc flash hazards
Can product liability be included in industrial accident litigation?

Each year, industrial accidents generate millions in settlements and verdicts for victims. Product liability issues cannot be discounted. In many past incidents, industrial equipment has been found to be inherently flawed. If machinery is found to have a faulty design or missing safety components, victims and their attorneys can file suit against large industrial manufacturers.

The legal options will depend on what caused the industrial accident and injury. Industrial accident injuries are usually permanent and should be addressed by a lawyer qualified in complex personal injury matters. Mr. Lyon has successfully litigated numerous industrial injury cases and obtained settlements for workers, over and beyond their workers comp.

Why should I hire The Lyon Firm?

Our Firm will help you find the answers.  The Firm has the experience, resources and dedication to take on difficult and emotional cases and help our clients obtain the justice for the wrong they have suffered. 

Experience:  Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Industrial Accident Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 17 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex civil litigation matters. Industrial accident lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an accident or injury.  Mr. Lyon has worked with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an injury occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future. Some cases may go to a jury trial, though many others can be settled out of court.

Resources/Dedication: Mr. Lyon has worked with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, biomechanics, epidemiology, metallurgy, pharmacology, toxicology, human factors, workplace safety, life care planning, economics, and virtually every medical discipline in successfully representing Plaintiffs across numerous areas of law. The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their critical interests.

Results:  Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six figure results in personal injury,  automotive product liability, medical Negligence, construction accidents, and auto dealership negligence casesThe cases have involved successfully litigating against some of  the largest companies in the world.