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September 2010 Archives

Department of Veterans Affairs Makes Access Easier for Ohio Vets

The Department of Veterans Affairs has finally caught up with technology and launched an Internet site available to Ohio veterans and their families. The Internet site was launched as a part of a program called Veterans Relationship Management aimed at making veterans' access to health care and benefits information much less frustrating and confusing.
 
Founders of the Veterans Relationship Management hope that by the end of 2010, veterans will experience improved telephone service when they contact a call center and be able to reach a live agent without being put on hold. Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Eric. K. Shinseki promised that "veterans will have a better experience when they contact VA for assistance, and our employees will be able to quickly convey accurate, up-to-date information through call centers and the internet."  

AT&T Employee Dies Pinned Against Cable Pole

Tragedy struck the home of one Columbus, Ohio worker early last week when the local man left for work but never returned. The 52-year old AT&T service employee was pronounced dead Tuesday morning after a homeless man found him crushed between his large service vehicle and a cable utility box.

Firefighters Remember Construction Accident

Three firefighters remember vividly the day their lives changed. Firefighters daily respond to reports of possible gas leaks at various locations, and October 31, 2008 began no differently than any other. Everything changed for the three firefighters when a construction worker entered the Hilltop fire station. He had suspected that a gas pipe had been punctured at the construction site he was working on.

FACT: Approximately 1.7 Million People Suffer TBI

The three words "traumatic brain injury" makes it sound like a rare occurrence, one that would be extremely easy to detect. However, traumatic brain injury is much more common and can be very elusive. Approximately 1.7 million Americans per year suffer from some form of traumatic brain injury each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Injured Employees Must be Compensated for Earnings from Second Job

In today's economy, many people have more than one job. So if an employee is injured at one job to the extent that he or she is unable to work at the other, it seems unfair - and financially damaging - to only receive workers' compensation for one job's wages.

Mother of Man Killed by Bear Advocates for Exotic Animal Ban

We recently wrote about Brent Kandra, the Elyria man killed by a bear last month while feeding the bear at the wildlife compound where he was employed. Although 24-year-old Kandra's death is still under investigation, his mother is already hard at work to ensure that changes are made.

Workers Prevented From Suing Employers in Most Cases, Part 2

In our last post, we discussed the general idea of employees suing employers for intentional torts under a common law exception to the immunity an employer receives in the workers' compensation system. In this post, we will discuss the Ohio Supreme Court opinions from earlier this year that seem to help narrow that exception.

Injured Workers Prevented From Suing Employers in Most Cases

In Ohio, injured workers receive compensation from the state's Bureau of Worker's Compensation when they are injured in a work-related accident. This mechanism exists to provide a workable system that compensates workers for the injuries they suffer in service to their employer and protects employers from facing the prospect of a lawsuit each time an employee is hurt.

OSHA Fines US Postal Service Center in Dayton, Ohio

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently cited a U.S. Postal Service processing center in Dayton for various willful and serious safety violations. As a result of the citations, the facility faces a total of $225,000 in fines and must correct the safety violations. At this time, there have not been any specific reports of serious injuries, deaths, or workers' compensation claims, but there have reportedly been safety-related complaints from a number of employees.
 
The terms "willful violation" and "serious violation" have specific meanings in the context of this particular investigation. According to OSHA, a "willful" violation is committed with the employer's intentional, knowing, or voluntary disregard for legal requirements or plain indifference to the safety and health of employees. On the other hand, a "serious violation" is one in which death or serious physical harm can result from a danger that the employer knew about or should have known about.
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