The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a list of the top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2017. They were recently announced at the National Safety Council's Congress and Expo in Indianapolis, but they equally apply to Ohioans.
The Supreme Court of Ohio recently ruled that a 2006 state law designed to delay appeals in Workers' compensation cases is constitutional. The underlying case came before the Eighth District Court of Appeals after the Ohio Industrial Commission (OIC) awarded a Ford Motor Company employee Workers' compensation benefits for workplace injuries he suffered in 2009. The employee then complied with a law that essentially required him to file a complaint alleging that he could participate in the Workers' compensation fund.
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.
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.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) is returning more than $1 billion to 200,000 employers who paid premiums to help improve safety and reduce workplace injuries. An estimated $967 million is slated for private employers and $133 million to public employers in tax districts.
Workers' compensation is a system that compensates employees for workplace injuries. Contrary to other types of personal injury claims, workers' compensation does not provide compensation for pain and suffering. The two types of compensation available under workers' compensation in Ohio are medical benefits and wage benefits.
The largest state-run workers' compensation insurance fund in the country could be reformed per a proposed state bill. An Ohio State Representative recently announced plans to introduce a bill that would change the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation in several ways. The proposed bill would increase workers' compensation benefits for families of workers killed on the job, change benefits for some disabled workers and rebrand the BWC with a new name.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) recently approved the plan that it introduced in March of this year to set aside $44 million for workplace safety and wellness. The state will be awarding these funds over a two-year period of time to specific small businesses and workers with certain workplace injuries.
Workers' compensation benefits are important benefits for injured workers and their families, however, injured workers may not always understand what benefits are available to help them after they have been injured in a workplace accident. Injured workers may be left needing help with medical bills and lost earnings. It is also an important concern for workers that they receive the best medical care possible and that their medical bills are paid for.