If your organization operates machinery, chances are there is an industrial accident waiting to happen. Consider holding regular safety meetings where the only purpose is to identify potential dangers. If the programs help you catch possible problems, you won’t meet the same fate as the company in the following case.
Recent case: Timothy Rallya’s feet were crushed at work when a 4,760-pound die fell on him. He sued directly, rather than under workers’ compensation, because he alleged that the company’s actions amounted to an intentional tort.
It turned out that numerous managers were aware of the potential danger but never took action. That was enough for the court to order a jury trial. (Rallya v. A.J.Rose MFG, No. 08-CA-009327, Court of Appeals of Ohio, 2008)