The Ohio Supreme Court ruled today that if an employer removes a safety device, like guard on a press, and someone is injured while working there, like losing losing their fingers or hand, they cannot hold their boss responsible for their injuries unless they PROVE that their boss meant to hurt them.
The idea in someone’s head and what they were intending to do is an extremely difficult, if not impossible, thing to prove. Today’s ruling is an unfortunate extension of an earlier decision from the Court.
What does this mean to you:
Someone injured or killed on the job is not always left out in the cold. If a person or company other than your employer was at fault – such as a sub-contractor doing work at an industrial job site or construction site, the manufacturer of a defective product, or any other third party – they may be entitled to make a claim, even though the injury happened while on the job. A major part of any case brought by a lawyer or law firm is investigating all potentially-liable parties. Workers comp may also be available, but by no means makes the person whole.