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INVESTIGATION: Workplace deaths don’t always lead to hefty fines

In the past two years in Ohio, at least 44 people have died from injuries and accidents in the workplace but many companies involved either contested the citations or did not pay a fine more than $40,000.

This newspaper’s investigation found that several companies cited for violations that contributed to the deaths of several workers typically paid less in penalties to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration than some other companies that were fined for workplace violations that did not immediately result in death.

At least 10 companies in this region have been flagged by the federal government for having unsafe working conditions, and have racked up more than $1 million combined in enforcement penalties in the past two years. Most of those violations were unrelated to death.

To see the Dayton Daily News investigation: GO HERE

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