The Bainbridge Firm, LLC
Workers’ Compensation • Social Security Disability
Free Initial Consultation
800-762-1612Toll Free

Columbus Workers' Compensation Law Blog

More construction projects lead to more construction deaths

It seems like a pretty easy concept: the more construction projects there are going on, the more workers will get seriously hurt or killed. A recent study from outside of Ohio confirms this grim but simple truth.

According, the New York Daily News reported that construction permits skyrocketed from 21,000 in 2011 to 142,000 in 2014. Then, from October 2012 to September 2013, seven construction workers died on the job. Over the next 12-month period, 12 were killed, then 18 the following year.

Am I a contractor or an employee? What's the difference?

If you have ever worked for a larger business, chances are you have worked with a mix of employees and independent contractors. Perhaps you have received that label yourself in your current job or a previous place of employment.

Independent contractors and employees are both workers, and often their job duties are virtually identical. But legally speaking, these two roles are very different. Which one you are will probably make a big difference if you are ever injured on the job and want to apply for workers’ compensation.

Second-hand smoke and Ohio's workplace smoking ban

It has been nine years since Ohio voters approved an indoor smoking ban. Not only has this made the air in public buildings cleaner for visitors, it has also made workplaces healthier for many non-smokers.

As we all know, tobacco has been linked to numerous diseases, like lung cancer and emphysema. Even non-smokers are vulnerable, if they are exposed to tobacco smoke on a regular basis at home or on the job. Another term for second-hand smoke is environmental tobacco smoke, or ETS. Medical experts say that ETS contains nearly all the same carcinogens and toxins as that inhaled by the smoker, who at least chose to light up.

OSHA fines Ohio steel company $394K after crushing accident

After a serious workplace accident where a worker was hurt, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration generally steps in to investigate. Their focus is not on making sure the victim is compensated for his or her damages. That is what workers’ compensation is for. Instead, OSHA seeks to figure out if the “accident” was in fact caused by the employer’s negligence or disregard for workplace safety regulations.

When OSHA finds reason to issue fines, those penalties can be larger than one might expect. This is to send a message to the offending business that substandard safety practices will not be tolerated, especially after someone has already been killed or seriously hurt.

How nail guns cause 37,000 serious injuries every year

At most construction sites around Columbus, nail guns are nearly as common of a sight as hard hats and tool belts. These powerful tools make construction work faster and easier when used properly, but they can also cause serious injuries if there is an accident.

Nail gun accidents are not rare events on construction jobs, unfortunately. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates on its website that nail gun injuries lead to 37,000 emergency room visits per year, mostly for workers.

Bill to grant workers' comp for 1st responder PTSD revived in Ohio

Not all scars are physical. In addition to broken bones, amputated limbs, damaged brains and wrenched backs, workers in certain professions can be at risk of emotional trauma. This can lead to conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder, an illness that is triggered by experiencing a traumatic event.

Outside of soldiers in combat, perhaps nobody is more at risk of PTSD than emergency responders. Police, firefighters and paramedics regularly encounter violence, death and danger. It is not surprising that many first responders must deal with PTSD at some point in their careers.

The different types of workers' compensation available in Ohio

Workers’ compensation refers to the compensation the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) pays to men and women who got hurt or sick at work. However, that is something of an oversimplification, because there are actually several forms of workers’ comp that people may qualify for.

As BWC mentions on its website, all injured or sickened workers who qualify for workers’ compensation are entitled to get their medical bills paid for. Beyond that, the amount of benefits you receive, and for how long, depends on the nature of your claim.

Ohio poultry company fined $1.46M for 2 amputation incidents

After two Case Farms employees lost body parts in terrible accidents, and were later fired, the chicken supply company is facing fines totaling more than $1.46 million from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

OSHA blamed Case for the incidents. “How many injuries will it take before Case Farms stops exposing workers to dangerous machinery parts?” the assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety said in a press release announcing the massive proposed fines.