The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is a federal agency entrusted with implementing programs targeted at the health and safety of workers. By implementing safety programs, OSHA aims to reduce workplace hazards that can cause injuries or illnesses. There are many workers in Ohio and other parts of the United States who are aware of OSHA but, unfortunately, are not fully aware of the rights they have under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
The new year is off to a challenging start for an Ohio family whose loved one was killed in a work accident. Work accidents resulting in injuries and fatalities are more common than many realize. It can happen in any industry, but certain sectors have a higher prevalence of work injury and fatalities. The man happened to work at an industrial plant in Groveland where the work accident occurred.
The most recent reporting of Ohio worker accidents and fatalities showed some improvement in 2017 with fewer fatal work accidents in the private sector in 2017. However, this is a small victory as any worker fatality is one too many. The deaths still trump workers deaths in 2015, worker fatalities have steadily increased otherwise in the private sector since 2012. These numbers are reported on by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
As a construction worker, you put your body and well-being on the line every day you show up to work. This is because your body is your tool and main source of income and success in your profession. Unlike the typical desk job, construction workers have a very different perspective when it comes to their typical job duties and how it can impact their health. This is because construction worker accident injuries are much more common in comparison to the standard office job.
Going to work every day should not be something that we fear from physical standpoint. Yet, often individuals are hurt in workplace injuries that leave them with serious injuries. These injuries can be difficult to overcome, and the damages associated with them can be extensive. Medical expenses can quickly pile up, and these victims may miss work to focus on their health, causing them to be subjected to lost wages. As trying as this can be for workplace accident victims, they may find relief through workers' compensation benefits.
A construction accident can seriously harm workers and their families. Some of the most common types of construction accidents involve scaffolding falls or other types of falls from lifts, hoists or ladders. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, an estimated 65 percent of construction workers work frequently on scaffolds, making scaffolding falls and accidents a serious concern. Objects falling from scaffolds, lifts and ladders can also be a serious concern.
Workers' compensation benefits may be available in circumstances of workplace injuries and fatal workplace accidents. A recent fatal workplace accident in Ohio highlights concerns that on-the-job injuries are increasing, and high-pressure work environments could be one of the reasons to blame. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that during 2016, workplace deaths exceeded 5,000 nationally, which was the first time they had exceeded that total since 2008. 2016 also brought the third straight increase in fatal workplace accidents over the previous year.
This blog recently discussed workers' compensation options and resources available to injured workers in Ohio and to surviving family members of workers killed in workplace accidents in Ohio. Sadly, workplace accidents illustrate the importance of these protections and why it is equally important for workers and their families to be familiar with the workers' compensation resources and protections available to them.
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).
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).