On October 11, 2012, the eyes of our entire nation were focused on the state of California where a catastrophic industrial accident claimed the life of a 62-year-old worker at a Bumble Bee Foods LLC plant in Santa Fe Springs. For those of our Ohio readers who may not remember, the man died after becoming trapped in an oven used to sanitize cans of tuna.
As we have said many times before on this blog, providing a safe working environment should be an employer's top concern. When they start to let their safety standards slip or fail to address their employees' needs, accidents can happen, which can mean everything from injuries, to illnesses, to death.
A study published this month may start raising concerns about the use of a particular dispersant known as Corexit EC9500A, which was widely used in the cleanup efforts following the Deepwater Horizon explosion. According to the study, which was conducted by the University of Alabamat Birmingham and highlighted in a recent Washington Post article, exposure to the chemical causes damage to epithelial cells that are found in both human lungs and the gills of aquatic animals.
COLUMBUS-- The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) and Ohio Board of Regents today announced Ohio University (OU) has been awarded a $245,000 research grant to improve workplace safety. OU is one of six higher education institutions in Ohio selected for $2 million in funding for nine research proposals.
Someville, NJ (WorkersCompensation.com) - Custom-order cabinetry company Choice Cabinetry LLC exposed employees to safety and health hazards, many involving methylene chloride, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Initiated as part of its Site-Specific Targeting Program for industries with high injury and illness rates, OSHA's March 2014 inspection cited the Somerville company for 15 violations, including three willful. Proposed penalties total $136,290.
Construction is a dangerous profession. It's a statement most people would not argue against. But despite the fact that there are state and federal regulations to keep these dangers in check, accidents can still occur.
Ohio farmers may already be knee deep in the farming season in the hopes of achieving robust crops this year. Many farmers rely on farm hands and other agricultural workers to accomplish all of their harvest goals. Unfortunately, agricultural workers and farmers do face risk of injury and illness on the job. According to a new study, the majority of illnesses and injuries sustained by these employees go unreported. Upwards of 75 percent of such workplace injuries and diseases are never reported by the federal agencies that are in charge of tracking workplace hazards.
Government agencies are working together to improve safety conditions at poultry plants in Ohio and across the country. While a recent study found that line speed does not significantly contribute to an increase in worker injuries and disorders, researchers have found that, of 318 workers at one plant involving repetition and force tasks, 42 percent had evidence of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Employers in Ohio and across the nation are required to provide employees with safe work environments, and this often requires proper safety training and gear in hazardous work environments. When employers fail to respect this very basic workers' right, serious workplace accidents may occur, resulting in injuries and even death.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation will be holding its annual conference later this month. The bureau handles workers' compensation claims in the state along with the Ohio Industrial Commission. The organization intends to welcome various industry experts to talk about workplace accidents and how to deal with them. The bureau's administrator said a big part of the Ohio Safety Congress and Expo is listening to the general speakers share their insight on workplace safety. He also stated that these experts are at the forefront of developing measures to prevent workplace injuries.