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February 2018 Archives

Workers' compensation: Court awards $120,000 for denied claim

Workers in Ohio who are struggling to obtain workers' comp after suffering workplace injuries may be interested in a case in another state. A court recently awarded an oil-field worker $120,000 after a seven-year fight for workers' compensation benefits that were initially denied after he suffered a brain injury. Reportedly, the man fell while working on an oil rig, and the head injuries he suffered were life-changing.

Technology to stop backup accidents seems to be working

Since its introduction a few years ago, backup safety technology has supposedly reduced accidents significantly. In fact, in 2014, the U.S. National Highway Safety Administration (NHSA) declared that it would mandatory for all auto makers to integrate backup cameras in all new builds beginning in May of 2018.

Construction workers' accidents: Lack of fall protection kills 1

There is an endless list of hazards faced by workers on building sites. Roofs alone pose a set of life-threatening risks, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes strict safety regulations to prevent roof-related construction workers' accidents. An Ohio nursing facility was recently ordered to address roof safety violations after the death of an employee who fell from the roof.

Car accidents: Driver crashes into oncoming emergency vehicle

When drivers do not know how to act when emergency vehicles such as ambulances approach, confusion can lead to chaos. Drivers must create safe passage for emergency vehicles through traffic, and negligence can cause multi-car accidents that could have devastating consequences. Several people suffered injuries of unknown severity when such a crash occurred in Warren County on a recent Friday.

Opioid addiction crisis and construction workers' accidents

Analysis of the 12,000 deaths resulting from opioid overdoses in Ohio between 2010 and 2016 revealed that construction workers are particularly at risk of becoming addicted to painkillers containing opiods. The addictions of many workers started with the painkillers being prescribed by doctors after injuries were suffered in construction workers' accidents. Authorities say the painkillers were misleadingly marketed as a safe solution to dull the pain of workers and keep the jobs on schedule. However, it led to thousands of workers' addictions to fentanyl and heroin.