If you've ever performed a job that required you to repeat the same motions over and over again, then you may not have realized that you could have seriously damaged your muscles and connective tissues in the process. Called repetitive motion injuries, the damage associated with such injuries can take a long time before symptoms present themselves. But in some cases, when symptoms -- such as pain or numbness -- do present themselves, it may be too late to fully correct the damage.
When you suffer an injury because of your own negligence, most people are okay with covering their own medical expenses. But when injuries are the result of someone else's negligence, sentiments are different. Victims often feel that they should not be responsible for covering their medical bills because it was not their own negligence that led to the accident in the first place.
Despite best efforts by employers, workplace injuries still occur. It is a good idea to remember that regardless of what measures are taken to prevent such injuries, if you suffer an injury at work you should seek legal advice to understand your options for compensation. For over a year, the city of Dublin, Ohio, has required one more task of city workers with physically demanding jobs: morning stretches. The city is giving special attention to these employees, who are most likely to get injured on the job and file a workers' compensation claim.
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.
Many times when people think of job-related accidents they think about an employer's inability to keep the workplace safe. They may think of faulty equipment and an employer's failure to provide proper safety equipment to employees. While these mistakes very well may be violations that entitle an injured individual to workers' compensation and lead to the employer being forced to pay a fine, they are not the only employer failures that can lead to an unsafe work environment.
Ohio's construction workers are often exposed to dangerous working conditions, including fast-moving cars. These risks sometimes result in construction workers suffering serious, and at times life-ending, injuries. In fact, since 2008, more than 600 accidents happened involving a traveling motorist and Ohio Department Transportation equipment and vehicles. Many times, workers are in the vicinity of these accidents. With this in mind, the Ohio General Assembly passed a bill designed to further protect construction workers.
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.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation has recently released statistics that show over 5,000 Ohio workers have suffered amputation injuries since 2005. The data shows 5,405 workers' compensation claims related to such injuries were made between 2005 and 2012. Officials say many of these injuries are non-life-threatening and involve losing fingertips or thumbs. However, these injuries are serious and may leave workers with a physical handicap, render them unable to work, and throw a wrench in their financial stability.
Most people have driven through construction zones at one time or another. They have seen the orange cones or barrels to mark closed lanes, reduced speed limit signs, and men and women at work on the roadway. Despite all the safety precautions taken to protect workers, job-related accidents still occur on an all too regular basis. Some of these accidents are caused by negligent drivers while others are caused by unsafe working conditions.