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

Columbus Workers' Compensation Law Blog

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.

Workplace fatalities going up in Ohio, U.S.

Fatal workplace incidents are on the rise in the U.S., including here in Ohio. That grim news comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Ohio Department of Health, and suggests that we still have a long way to go before we can say that all jobs in this country are reasonably safe.

According to The Dayton Daily News, there were 4,679 fatal work injuries nationwide in 2014, a 2 percent increase over the previous year. Ohio was one of the 24 states that had more workplace deaths in 2014, and the state’s numbers were even more dramatic. There were 184 fatal work incidents in 2014, compared with 149 in 2013.

How many U.S. construction workers die every year?

It usually makes the news when a construction worker is killed on the job in Ohio. Obviously, these incidents do not happen every day, but neither are they nearly as rare as they should be.

According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there were 828 construction site fatalities in 2013. That means about U.S. construction workers died each day in America, but that grim number is actually much better than it used to be. In 1970, about 38 construction workers were killed per day, according to WCCO-TV.

Obesity can complicate workplace injuries, workers' comp claims

We all know that obesity is a serious health problem, but millions of people in Ohio and throughout the U.S. struggle with this condition. It is estimated that one in three Ohio residents live with obesity, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines as a body mass index of 30 or higher.

Obesity is associated with many serious illnesses, such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. Another way obesity can affect your health that may surprise our readers is in the workplace. Research suggests that obese workers are more likely to get hurt on the job, and often take longer to recover than non-obese people who suffered similar workplace injuries.

For Labor Day, a brief history of Ohio's workers' comp system

Monday is Labor Day. Most of us will enjoy the extra day off, but Labor Day weekend is also a time to reflect on the evolution of workplace safety protections in this country, including the introduction of workers’ compensation benefits when an employee gets hurt on the job.

Ohio’s modern workers’ compensation system is relatively recent, dating back to 1911. Before that, a person injured in the course of his or her work duties could only sue his or her employer for compensation. Workers who were able to sue failed around 80 percent of the time, a journal article from the University of Akron explains. Employers had many defenses at their disposal, including contributory negligence, assumption of the risk and the fellow servant rule. These defenses hold the injured worker responsible for his or her own injuries, either totally or in part.

AEP worker shocked by 19K volts at construction site

Despite precautions, working with or near power lines can be dangerous, even deadly. Exposure to electric current can cause terrible injuries, and even electrocution, which is a fatal shock.

An Ohio man went into cardiac arrest after touching a live power line at a construction site recently. The Columbus Dispatch says he may have been exposed to as much as 19,000 volts. His current condition is unknown.

8 common construction worker accidents

The Centers for Disease Control and prevent reported that more than 9 percent of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2009 were sustained by construction workers. That year, construction workers suffered 4.3 nonfatal injuries and illnesses per 100 workers.

A construction site contains a variety of ways for workers to get hurt. All of them can cause terrible injury, permanent disability, or death. Here are 8 common sources of construction injuries:

What is an occupational illness?

It has been about six weeks since we discussed how heat illness can put people who work outdoors in the summer at serious risk. Many workers are not vulnerable to heat illness, due to the nature of their jobs, but may still develop an occupational illness that makes them seriously ill, and may even cause their death.

An “occupational illness” is one that one catches or develops on the job. On its website, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics divides occupational illnesses into five categories:

Dehydrated driving compared to drunk driving for truck drivers

Ironically, for truck drivers not drinking enough is as dangerous as drinking too much.

Confused? The answer to this riddle is hydration. Proper hydration is necessary to keep your brain able to make good judgments and operate the vehicle. A new study suggests that dehydration impairs truck drivers as if they have been drinking alcohol, Fleet Owner reports.

Injured Ohio workers can appeal a rejected workers' comp claim

If a party to a lawsuit does not agree with the verdict after trial is done, he or she usually has the right to ask for an appeal. A valid basis for appeal should lead to a new trial or other relief for the aggrieved party.

Though workers’ compensation claims in Ohio do not start out in court, workers still have the right to appeal if the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation turns down their claim. Many people who have suffered serious injury or illness on the job nevertheless have their claim rejected, and must appeal to get the workers’ comp benefits they deserve.