Ohio workers in all industries are no doubt aware that they are entitled to pursue financial relief in the event of workplace accidents that cause injuries and time away from work. However, some may not understand how the workers' compensation program works and how long they will have to wait for receipt of benefits. All payments to injured workers will be based on the severity of the injuries and the amount of time it takes the injured employee to return to work, if he or she is ever able to return at all.
The number of ladder accidents that cause injuries to workers in various industries nationwide every year, including in Ohio, is concerning. So much so that March is National Ladder Safety Month. This might address the prevalence of workers' compensation claims by victims of ladder accidents. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, emergency rooms see 500 victims of work-related ladder accidents every day of the year.
Three workers lost their lives in an explosion at a plant that manufactures corrugated container boards. Although this tragedy happened in another state, many workers' compensation claims are said to have resulted from workplace accidents at facilities of this company in other states, including in Ohio. Reportedly, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has repeatedly issued citations at various facilities of this manufacturer.
When lives are lost in workplace accidents in Ohio and elsewhere, the surviving family members naturally experience severe trauma -- and it may be even worse when the deceased employee was not even 20 years old. Such a tragedy occurred in another state earlier this month. Families of deceased workers may claim death benefits from the workers' compensation insurance system, and although the compensation may relieve the financial burden, it will not ease the heartache.
Many workers in industrial facilities face hazards in their workplaces that could result in amputations. Employers who disregard safety regulations may not realize that, even though workers' compensation benefits cover financial losses, the emotional damages caused by losing a limb or even just a finger are not covered. The impact such an injury can have on the life of an employee and his or her family is devastating.
Company administrators from an Ohio manufacturing enterprise deemed problematic by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will now find out what OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) is all about.
It’s not exactly news when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is under fire for some alleged regulatory-related deficiency. A recent case in point concerns its Voluntary Protection Program.
David Michaels, the Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, notes that, given his agency’s limited resources, it would take OSHA investigators about a century to conduct safety inspections at all the nation’s workplaces.
Nine Ohio business and government entities across the state have been awarded money under the state’s Safety-Intervention Grant Program, with the nearly $260,000 provided them being allotted to safety enhancements at their respective workplaces.