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Temporary workers at risk when poorly trained

You may have many reasons for working as a temporary employee. Maybe you are looking for permanent work but supplementing through an Ohio temp agency. These agencies typically match you with jobs that fit your skill set although they may place you in an unfamiliar position if you show aptitude and a willingness to learn.

The trouble with working as a temp is that it often exposes you to dangers on the job, mainly because of the company's limited time to properly train you. In fact, many temporary workers leave their job placements because they do not feel confident in the work and fear the hazards are not worth the risk. To prevent this from happening, employment safety advisors recommend that temporary workers take advantage of every opportunity to improve their chances of working safely.

How do I file a Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation appeal?

Workers injured on the job should report their injuries to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) as soon as possible. The BWC accepts claims filed by the employer, the employer's medical provider, managed care organization or legal representative. The claims will then be assigned a number and examined by a claims specialist.

The BWC will decide whether to allow or deny claims and a written order will be issued informing the employee, employer and any authorized representatives of its decision. The letter will also address other issues, such as whether the employee's injury entitles him or her to compensation. Any parties to the claim may file an appeal, if they are dissatisfied with the decision.

OSHA's cooperative programs: voluntary protection

A previous blog post discussed one of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) cooperative programs, Strategic Partnership. Ohio residents may enter into partnerships to improve health and safety in major corporations, government agencies and private sector industries. The partnership agreements are designed to encourage and assist partner efforts to comply with OSHA standards. Another one of OSHA's cooperative programs available to employers and workers is the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP).

The VPP promotes workplace safety and health through OSHA, management and labor cooperation. All participants work together to prevent fatalities, workplace accidents, injuries and illnesses by providing training and worksite analysis, encouraging manager and worker involvement and instituting other measures of prevention and control. The cooperative relationships allow managers and workers to implement comprehensive safety and health management systems. The VPP is designed to recognize workplaces that show active involvement and strong commitment to OSHA's policies and procedures.

What is your employer supposed to do in workers' comp claims?

Your employer may give you a laundry list of things that you are supposed to do if you suffer an on-the-job injury. You have to meet reporting requirements, see the right doctors and fill out the right paperwork. You agree to do these things because you need the benefits.

What about your employer? What responsibilities does the company have to you? First, your company must carry workers' compensation insurance. There are some limited exceptions to this rule.

OSHA's cooperative programs: strategic partnership

A previous Ohio blog post discussed one of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) cooperative programs: Alliance. Alliance works with groups, such as unions and professional institutions, to improve workplace safety. Another one of OSHA's cooperative programs is the OSHA Strategic Partnership Program (OSPP).

OSPP allows OSHA to collaborate with interested stakeholders, such as employers, workers, professional associations, trade associations and labor organizations. Through these partnerships, members have the opportunity to work together in a non-adversarial way to establish goals, strategies and performance measures to improve workplace safety. By creating agreements designed to encourage and assist partner efforts to comply with OSHA standards, the partnerships improve safety and health in major corporations, government agencies and private sector industries.

Ohio BWC discusses its impact on the opioid crisis

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 78 people die every day from opiate overdoses. As the number of opiate overdoses continued to rise, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) responded with changes to its formulary program.

Since 2011, the BWC has been attempting to reduce opioid dependency with notable success. The bureau's pharmacy director recently addressed members of the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce and the Mid-Ohio Valley Safety Counsel, explaining the effects of the changes.

Financial support for victims of multiple sclerosis

Are you a victim of the autoimmune disease multiple sclerosis? This disease is potentially disabling, and you may find that you are unable to hold gainful employment or work enough hours to support yourself and your Ohio family. If you find yourself in this situation, you could be eligible for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.

While many people with this type of medical condition are able to continue working and enjoy a relatively normal quality of life, this may not be the case for you. Every case of MS is different, and if you believe you could be eligible for benefits, you would be wise to take quick action to ascertain your rights and take the initial steps of the claims process.

OSHA's cooperative programs: Alliance

The Department of Labor created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to assure safe and healthful working conditions and reduce workplace accidents. Under OSHA, Ohio employers are required to provide workers with a workplace that is free of serious recognized hazards and that is compliant with OSHA standards.

By setting and enforcing workplace safety standards, and implementing safety and health programs, OSHA continues to successfully reduce workplace hazards. One of the ways in which OSHA works with employers and workers to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses is by offering various cooperative programs.

Ohio cash assistance program terminated

Approximately 6,000 Ohioans will no longer receive benefits from the Disability Financial Assistance (DFA) program after the latest state budget went into effect in July. The program cost $9.6 million last year, a mere fraction of the state's $34.5 billion general revenue fund budget. However, on July 1, they no longer accepted applications, and all current recipients will stop receiving payments at the end of the year.

The Disability Financial Assistance Program pays $115 a month to individuals unable to work because of a physical or mental disability. Additional requirements for eligibility are that they make $1,400 or less per year and does not receive assistance from other welfare programs.

Compensation for a construction workplace fatality

Over 18 percent of all workplace deaths in the United States happen in the construction industry, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers reveal that a construction accident is more likely to result in wrongful death than any other type of accident and, more than one in five workplace fatalities in the U.S. happens on a construction site. Some states allow families of deceased workers to seek damages through wrongful death suits while others limit survivors' recovery to the limits of workers' compensation rules.

Ohio allows for both workers' compensation and wrongful death compensation. Workers' compensation provides benefits for survivors to compensate for lost wages and reasonable funeral expenses, whereas wrongful death compensation may include economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include medical expenses, funeral expenses, loss of earning capacity, loss of earning potential and loss of benefits. Non-economic damages include the loss of parental guidance, loss of companionship, loss of enjoyment of life and physical and mental suffering between the time of injury and death.

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