The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) has given 29 Ohio employers over $732,000 in safety grants through the Safety Intervention Grant program. These employers, from over 19 counties in Ohio, including Franklin County, must now purchase equipment designed to reduce workplace injuries.
Coal mining is a dangerous occupation that often results in workplace accidents. The unsafe working environment may lead to serious injuries, both physical and mental. Generally, these accidents are covered by workers' compensation and therefore employers are immune to liability. However, in some states, like Ohio, employers may be held liable when the employee's injury resulted from the employers' intentional actions.
There are many different types of injuries that can be sustained from working in a variety of industries.
What do a salesman, a truck driver and a consultant have in common? They all travel extensively for work. Whether on the road, in an airport or at a hotel, on-the-job injuries can happen and when they do, workers' compensation may provide the financial support necessary during recovery.
A lot of people are surprised to learn that most professional athletes have traditionally been allowed to collect workers' comp benefits when they are injured playing sports - especially since many of these athletes make millions of dollars a year.
Ohioans injured in workplace accidents often wonder if the incident could have been prevented and their injury avoided. Both the State of Ohio and the United States Department of Labor maintain programs to ensure that employers use all reasonable safety precautions to protect their employees against workplace injuries. A recent Occupational Safety and Health Administration citation of a plastics manufacturing firm in New Philadelphia, OH shows that some employers do not pay sufficient attention to prevention of workplace accidents.
Fatal workplace accidents are an unwelcome aspect of an industrialized society. According to figures recently released by the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ohio had the fifth highest statewide total of fatal workplace injuries in 2015, the most recent year for which such numbers are available. A review of the statistics for Ohio and the nation at large reveals some interesting patterns.
Residents in Ohio work in a variety of industries. While some workplaces are considerably safer than others, this does not mean that an employee cannot endure a workplace injury even in the safest environment. Whether it is carrying out the daily tasks in a high-risk position, such as construction, or working in an office setting doing repetitive motions, a worker could suddenly suffer an injury in the work environment that could cause them to miss work for an extensive amount of time.
Ohio workers who build sewers or work on other jobs that require them to remain below the surrounding grade for many hours are constantly threatened by collapse of the soil and rock around them. In three separate incidents involving Ohio construction companies, the failure to provide adequate precautions against such workplace accidents have resulted in one death, one serious injury and a citation for violating the regulation that requires the use of cribs, shoring and other safety measures to prevent trenches from collapsing.
To the average Ohioan, bakeries do not seem especially hazardous places to work. This perception may be changed by charges leveled at an Ohio wholesale bakery by the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration after an employee suffered a severe workplace injury.