Ohio: Employer Owes Penalty for Violation of Safety Requirement Due to Frayed Extension Cord

Ohio: Employer Owes Penalty for Violation of Safety Requirement Due to Frayed Extension Cord

An Ohio appellate court held that a staff hearing officer erred by failing to find that an employer should be taxed with an award for violation of a specific safety requirement (“VSSR”) when it supplied a worker with a faulty extension cord used in connection with a vacuum cleaner.  The court reasoned that the extension cord was “hand-held equipment” while being plugged into the vacuum cleaner and while the vacuum cleaner was being operated, that the employer was required to provide grounding for the power vacuum and the fact that the electrical cord failed to provide the necessary grounding was a violation.

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See State ex rel. Johnson v. Industrial Comm’n, 2014-Ohio-2281, 2014 Ohio App. LEXIS 2221 (May 29, 2014) [2014 Ohio App. LEXIS 2221 (May 29, 2014)]

See generally Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, § 105.06 [105.06]

Source: Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, the nation’s leading authority on workers’ compensation law.

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