We’ve all heard that being forewarned is being forearmed. But what happens when an employer foresees a workplace danger and does nothing? If an injury results, it could mean huge penalties. An Ohio Court recently awarded an injured employee an additional 40% of his workers compensation benefits as a penalty because a known machine malfunction caused the injury. Employers must pay these penalties when they violate a specific safety requirement. This can happen when an employer knows that a machine is malfunctioning, does nothing to correct it, and an employee is injured as a result. This penalty is a good reminder that fixing safety issues immediately might not just save lives, but money as well.