A federal agency is now investigating the Martin Marietta Magnesia Specialties facility north of Woodville after three workers were hospitalized following a structure collapse, the News-Messenger reported on December 17, 2011. The workers were erecting a rebar concrete form and fell about 24 feet to the ground.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), which enforces compliance with safety standards, ordered the facility shut down the affected area immediately while investigators from the agency were dispatched to Woodville. Woodville Fire Chief Paul Heineman told the News-Messenger that two of the workers injured on the job had to be taken by Life Flight helicopters to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center and University of Toledo Medical Center. The third worker was taken from the scene by ambulance with less serious injuries.
Heineman told the Toledo Blade that the workers were alert and talking when crews arrived at the plant and all three were very lucky as the injuries “could have been more serious.” The workers are steel erectors the San Antonio-based CCC Group, Inc., according to the Blade.
The construction was part of a $53 million expansion project at the facility that last year received a 35 percent job-creation tax credit, worth $236,015 tax credit for five years, from the Ohio Department of Development because the addition would add 150 temporary jobs and 15 permanent jobs during the process.
Whatever the investigation determines to be the cause, all three individuals may be entitled to workers compensation benefits for any medical bills or lost wages because of the accident. Have you ever fallen more than 20 feet while at work? What type of injuries did you suffer and how long did the accident keep you away from your job?
Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC—Columbus workers comp attorneys