Agriculture in Ohio is one of the most dangerous industries that pose hazards to farmers, their workers, and in some cases, even their children. Heading into harvest season is the time to focus on workplace safety. However, work-related accidents are common occurrences during the busy harvesting time, and there will likely be many workers' compensation claims filed. During the National Farm Safety Week earlier this month, each day of the week focused on one specific aspect of hazard prevention.
Based on a recent report by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, many employees in some areas of Ohio are exposed to hazards that are not addressed by their employers. The safety agency concluded four inspections that were carried out in April, May and June, and proposed fines totaling more than $240,000. With the dangerous working conditions at these companies, the Ohio workers' compensation insurance program could be overwhelmed by the benefits claims of injured workers.
Forklifts have become indispensable tools in a variety of industries, and the hazards they pose might not be underscored enough. A significant number of workers' compensation claims follow work-related accidents involving lift trucks. In a shocking incident in Ohio, an employee of a manufacturer of industrial forklifts and powered industrial material handling equipment lost his life. One would expect such a facility to teach employees how to move about safely where forklifts operate, but this does not seem to be the case.
The opioid epidemic that affects thousands of Ohio families and businesses started in the 1990s. This was when pain, and pain management, became priorities in workers' treatments after workplace accidents. Reportedly, injured workers were surveyed to determine the level of satisfaction in the treatment provided by doctors. The federal government then used the collected data to determine Medicare rates of reimbursements. Because opioids were marketed as nonaddictive and extremely effective in pain management, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation recommended the prescription of opioids until 2011.
An Ohio community along with a wife and three children are mourning the death of a firefighter who recently lost his life in a work-related accident. The mother can rest assured that the unanticipated financial burden could be eased by the survivor's benefits obtainable through the state's workers' compensation system. The incident that caused the death of the 33-year-old firefighter occurred at a fire station on a recent Sunday.
Workers in manufacturing facilities in Ohio face various safety hazards every day. If employers do not provide adequate safety training, employees might be unprepared for the dangers they encounter. One of the most dangerous areas in any warehouse or factory is the loading dock area. A significant percentage of workers' compensation claims every year are related to injuries caused on loading docks.
Heading into summer, Ohio workers who spend their days working outdoors face weather-related hazards that could be deadly. Employees in the construction industry are particularly vulnerable because excessive heat exposure can affect their ability to remain safe while working with dangerous equipment or at elevated levels. The dizziness that excessive heat exposure causes can lead to devastating construction accidents and subsequent workers' compensation claims.
The manufacturing industry exposes workers to multiple safety hazards. This was underscored by the fines of more than $250,000 that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed after completing two inspections at the facility of a plastics manufacturer in Ohio. Injuries related to electrical hazards and defective industrial machines make up a significant percentage of workers' compensation claims every year.
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.
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.