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Ohio workers on Lake Erie may have hurdles to compensation

Parts of Northern Ohio abut Lake Erie, which opens the state up to unique industrial and commercial opportunities. If your job involves the lake, especially if you are employed in the most dangerous profession, which is the fishing industry, you may have fewer job protections than you might expect.

Surprising reasons for a workers' compensation claim denial

Ohio is home to many blue-collar employees who work extremely hard for a living. Manual laborers like those who drive the state's economy are particularly susceptible to injury due to the physical nature of their work. These workers are so dedicated to their jobs that they often try to ignore an injury so that they can continue performing.

The many risks faced by roofers

Roofers have one of the most important jobs in any residential housing project. A home is only as stable and protected as the roof. It is literally the first line of defense against rain, hail, snow, ice, wind and much more. New roofs must be installed professionally and up to a very high set of standards, and roofs on established homes need to be replaced every 20 years or so.

How dangerous is wood dust?

Workers who are exposed to wood dust would be wise to wear dust masks at all times. When cutting studs for wall framing, for instance, each cut may not feel like it's that harmful. Over time, though, the air near the saw becomes filled with wood dust that workers will inhale with every breath.

Which Ohio employers have workers' compensation coverage?

Workers often don't envision getting hurt on the job. Some professions are more dangerous than others, though. Many employees don't realize that state law mandates that employers carry workers' compensation coverage that they can use to pay for their medical bills and cover lost wages if they get hurt on the job. Most every employer in Ohio is required to purchase such insurance coverage.

How employees bring toxic exposure home with them

Workers in Ohio and throughout America who are exposed to toxic substances may face an increased risk of getting sick. A report found that workers may be coming home with traces of toxic material on their bodies or clothes. This can cause health and development problems for children of all ages, and it could also be a hazard to others who have compromised immune systems. The report stressed that worker carelessness isn't necessarily to blame for the problem.

Potential risks of coronavirus on the job

Ohio workers may have a number of concerns about health and safety on the job, but one of them is getting attention around the world: novel coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV. Whenever a new viral disease emerges on a global scale, new analysis can be important to determine how it could affect workers on the job. Wuhan, China, where the coronavirus developed, has seen severe restrictions on public activity and interaction in an attempt to stop the disease from spreading. Health care workers, however, have remained at particular risk. Official records note that 16 health workers were already infected as of early February 2020, some of them before the new disease was fully identified.

Construction workers threatened by poor air quality

Construction workers in Ohio may face a number of hazards on the job, from unsafe working conditions to unstable equipment to poor air quality. During a construction project, workers can be exposed to toxic chemicals, silica dust, gases and other contaminants. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has created recommendations for acceptable indoor environmental quality during a building or renovation process. There are several factors that could contribute to dangerously poor air quality on a construction job, including a lack of action to control dust or the use of building materials that emit a significant amount of gases or contaminants.

How breweries can better comply with OSHA rules

Craft breweries in Ohio and throughout the country must generally adhere to safety standards set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). However, there are some safety standards that breweries have historically had trouble staying in compliance with. For instance, those who are asked to clean silos, mash turns or kettles are typically working in what OSHA would consider to be a confined space.

The right approach to obtaining workers' compensation benefits

Workplace accidents that lead to injuries are, unfortunately, quite common. There are, of course, certain areas of work in which it is more common for workplace accidents to occur, such as in the construction and industrial areas, but the fact is that workplace injuries can occur in many areas of employment. Workers can fall, have something fall on them, be injured by machinery, or even suffer injuries due to repetitive motions, among many other scenarios. When workers in Ohio suffer injuries and need to miss work as a result, they may be eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits.

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