The Fairfield County Department of Health has been directed to relocate its offices from the dilapidated pre-Civil-War building where it is currently located. The instructions came from the Board of Health, and followed an inspection earlier this month by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation‘s Division of Safety and Hygiene.

The inspection revealed a number of dangerous conditions, including:

  • Broken stair steps
  • Broken stair rails
  • Flea infestation
  • Chipmunks and other wildlife in the halls
  • Raccoon feces outside the building
  • Dead birds inside the building
  • Gutters and soffits falling off the building
  • Potentially toxic mold growing on the walls
  • Crumbling chimneys

After looking at the results of the inspection, the Health Board’s president described the building as “terrible” for both workers and visitors, and spearheaded the effort to move the offices, which included the Women, Infants, and Children nutrition program.

Although historic buildings can be attractive and interesting places to work, if not properly maintained, they can be dangerous and cause workplace injuries. Workers’ compensation will cover many expenses following your injury, but if you work in a building owned or managed by another company, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to obtain additional compensation that will allow you to continue providing for yourself and your family despite your injury.

To learn more about workplace injuries and whether you might have a claim against a third party, please call or email the lawyers at Robert W. Kerpsack, CO., LPA for a free case evaluation today.