The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation has adopted a new rule meant to help injured workers get quicker access to medications needed to treat their injury.
The Ohio Revised Code provides that every employee who is injured or who contracts an occupational disease is entitled to receive such medical, nursing, and hospital services as are authorized under Chapter 423 of the Revised Code. Section 4123.66 authorizes the Administrator of the BWC to pay such amounts from the State Insurance Fund for such medical services, nursing services, hospital services, and medicine as the Administrator "deems proper."
Revised Code § 4123.54 provides that every employee who is injured or who contracts an occupational disease is entitled to receive such medical, nursing, and hospital services as are authorized under Chapter 4123 of the Revised Code. Revised Code § 4123.66 authorizes the Administrator of the Bureau of Workers' Compensation to pay such amounts from the State Insurance Fund for such medical services, nursing services, hospital services, and medicine as the Administrator "deems proper."
Another Ohio workplace has been hit with fines by OSHA. The Reliable Castings Corp. manufacturing facility in Sidney, Ohio was found to have 14 safety and health violations that threatened to injure workers. Amongst the company's violations include failing to install guardrails near floor openings and ovens, failing to require employees to use hard hats and face shields, failing to prevent employee exposure to potential splashing molten aluminum, and failing to ensure an electrical area was protected from water. These violations led to more than $293,000 in fines, but more importantly, placed workers at extreme risk of harm.
Ohio has several factories that provide much needed jobs to the area and much needed materials to the country as a whole. These factories would not function if it were not for their workers. As employees act as the heartbeat of these companies, employers should want to keep them as safe as possible.
Many times on this blog we discuss workplace environments that seem safe, but actually pose hidden dangers. However, there are also workplaces that are inherently dangerous. Amongst these are those locations where law enforcement personnel work. Every day, these brave men and women risk their lives to protect our communities. When these individuals are injured, they should be provided the compensation they need to reach a full recovery.
Readers of this blog are well aware of some of the dangers posed by their work environments. Heavy machinery can catch limbs or crush workers, employees can fall from heights, and construction workers may be at risk of getting hit by cars. But there is another danger lurking in many workplaces: contaminated air. In many factories, particles in the air can be harmful if inhaled. While many employers provide their employees with the proper safety equipment to protect them from these particles, sometimes they do not. Ohio workers should know what they can do when they are harmed in these situations.
There are many factories in Ohio. Those employed at these plants may know the dangers posed by the heavy machinery and extreme temperatures with which they work. However, as time passes and accidents do not occur, some employers may be lulled to sleep when it comes to enforcing safety regulations and checking the safety of equipment. When this happens, workers are put at risk of being seriously injured.
Three CSX employees were recently injured on the job in Ohio. Reports indicate the men were working on a railroad crossing when a car drove around two sets of barricades, hit a utility pole, then slammed into them. All three men were injured and were taken to the hospital. While the accident remains under investigation, these workers may have to deal with extreme pain and they might be unable to return to work for a considerable length of time.
Workplace safety is an employer's responsibility. They are expected to provide adequate and safe equipment, properly install safety features, promote and enforce safety procedures, and ensure employees are trained to work in a safe manner. When an employer fails to live up to these standards a serious accident can occur, causing serious injuries to workers. OSHA works to hold these employers accountable, and it has recently fined several companies, including one based in Ohio, for unsafe working conditions.