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9,927 nursing assistant workers' compensation claims in 5 years

Government statistics and researchers indicate that nursing assistants are part of one of the most hazardous profession in the country. According to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, almost 10,000 claims were filed by employees of nursing homes during the past five years. Approximately one-third of those followed injuries caused by overexertion.

Statistics also show that the average worker suffers three times fewer injuries than nursing assistants, and the injury rate in this profession is similar to that of firefighters, police and construction workers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics made this comparison in 2016. Further information revealed that nursing assistants care for approximately 75,000 patients and residents in 960 facilities across Ohio.

Crumple zones, kinetic energy and reducing serious injuries

Low-speed, rear-end collisions are common in the U.S., and they can cause some surprisingly serious injuries, especially those involving the head, such as concussion and traumatic brain injury.

Car designers continually work to improve safety for passengers. One way to do that is to create better crumple zones to absorb kinetic energy in a crash.

Workers' compensation is there to help after workplace fatalities

The recent death of a forklift operator in a workplace accident in the Fuyao plant underscored the increased occupational fatality rate in Ohio. Although some suggest that the improved economy causes fatigue, stress and overexertion, ultimately leading to fatalities, safety authorities say compliance with regulations can prevent most workplace deaths. No family is prepared for the news of a loved one's death due to an on-the-job accident. However, their unanticipated financial burden can be eased by the workers' compensation insurance system.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 164 Ohio workers lost their lives in workplace accidents in 2016. The official numbers for 2017 are not yet available. Sadly, a tree service worker died in April after a front-end loader struck him. The next month, an employee of a freight company fell to his death from where he was on top of a load being raised by a lift truck.

Car accidents: 5 Teens ejected when car rolls, 15-year-old dies

Losing the life of a teenager is devastating for a family and often for an entire community. Sadly, fatal car accidents involving teenagers happen frequently in Ohio. Union County police are investigating a single-vehicle crash that claimed the life of a 15-year old boy on a recent Friday evening.

The crash report filed by the Ohio Highway Patrol states that the involvement of alcohol and drugs are not suspected. Reportedly, five teenagers were traveling on a northern Union County road when the car veered left and traveled off the road. It rolled multiple times after striking a culvert, ultimately landing on its side. However, none of the boys were strapped into their seat belts, and they were all ejected.

A fatal autonomous vehicle crash casts doubt on technology

We may be heading down the road toward autonomous vehicles being a fact of everyday life, but a recent crash that caused a fatality may make that road longer than expected.

Safety and consumer groups are split on the benefits of autonomous cars, but despite the recent tragedy, advocates believe they will eventually eliminate highway deaths.

Important factors in Ohio workers' comp benefits

Employees get hurt on the job all the time. While some injuries are minor and do not impede the employee's productivity, other injuries can be debilitating.

Thankfully, workers' compensation claims can help employees to maintain their lives. There are a few important factors to keep in mind when looking to claim this benefit.

Workers' compensation claim may follow fatality at glass factory

One of the primary hazards in the manufacturing and warehousing industries is the presence of forklifts. These mechanized lift trucks pose a danger to those who operate them and any other workers in the vicinity. A significant number of workers' compensation claims nationwide, including Ohio, follow forklift-related injuries, some of which prove to be fatal.

A 57-year-old employee of Fuyao Glass America Inc. recently lost his life in a tragic accident at the plant of the glass manufacturer. According to police records, a 911 call came in just after 5 a.m. on a Tuesday, reporting an emergency. Reportedly, the caller came upon a co-worker who was trapped by a pallet-load of glass weighing over 2,000 pounds.

Construction workers' accidents: 2 Ohio workers saved from trench

Construction workers in Ohio will be all too aware of the hazards they face when they work in trenches. Unfortunately, some employers disregard those dangers and put their workers' lives on the line when they fail to comply with the strict safety regulations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has rules in place to prevent trench collapses and other construction workers' accidents.

Two Oakwood city employees were extremely fortunate when they were recently rescued from a collapsed trench because many before them lost their lives in such incidents. Authorities report that an emergency call was logged shortly after 1:30 p.m. on a recent Thursday. Rescuers from various agencies responded to work on rescuing two workers trapped in a six-foot deep excavation where they worked on a sewer line. They were buried up to their waists in soil from a collapsed trench wall.

Who is responsible for autonomous car accidents?

It seems like everyone is excited about the advent of automated, computer controlled cars with "auto-pilot" features. The theory is that these cars will reduce accidents caused by human error. In particular, drunk driving accidents are theoretically going to disappear from our roads, because anyone who has had too much to drink can simply set the car on auto-pilot and avoid the risks associated with drunk driving.

As the future of driving looks to be increasingly technological and automated, some serious legal questions arise. The primary question, of course, is: Who is responsible for accidents involving automated cars?

Car accidents: Ohio cheerleader dies when car leaves roadway

Auto crashes are said to be the cause of a significant percentage of teenage deaths. Along with inexperience, the new-found freedom may lead to speeding, and in some cases, alcohol plays a role when car accidents claim young lives. A community in Ohio is still reeling after the tragic death of a 15-year-old cheerleader.

In an accident report, the Ohio State Highway Patrol indicates that the crash occurred shortly after 11 p.m. on a recent Friday. They say a 16-year-old driver and a 15-year-old passenger were westbound on a Fairfield County road when the car left the road and smashed into a tree. The circumstances that caused the driver to lose control and leave the roadway are yet to be determined.