A truck fire at an oil well off State Route 61, south of Mt. Gilead, injured the truck driver and completely destroyed the vehicle on Friday, September 26, 2014. The tank of the truck was reported to be filled with a flammable substance and still connected to the oil well. Ultimately, the fire was contained to the truck and was allowed to burn itself out. The driver sustained second and third degree burns on his right arm and was transported by ambulance to a Columbus hospital.
In our society, people work to make money so that they can support themselves and their families. But if the job is particularly dangerous or comes with the risk of developing an occupational disease, an unfortunate catch-22 is created. A person may no longer be able to work because of a work-related injury or illness but may need to in order to provide financial support for their family.
In the United States, the federal government has established rules and regulations for safety in the workplace and how employers respond to work-related accident. In the event of injury or death, employers are required by law to report these accidents, which can lead to an investigation and inspection of the facility where the accident occurred.
If you asked anyone to make a list of the most dangerous occupations, firefighting would be near the top. Most people would consider it a risky job because you are usually going into a burning structure where you run the risk of dying from a number of things including fire exposure, smoke inhalation, and even structural collapse.
Ohio Revised Code § 4123.80 prohibits an employee from waiving rights to compensation or benefits under Ohio workers' compensation laws. This prohibition is intended to prevent an employer from making an employee's or a prospective employee's surrender of benefits awardable under the Act as a condition of employment; the employer cannot thereby shift its share of responsibility for work-related injuries onto the injured worker.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hearing loss is the most common work-related illness in the United States. Millions of workers across the nation are exposed to seriously high levels of noise in their every day jobs, which can lead to conditions such as tinnitus or total hearing loss.
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.
Anyone who has suffered a work-related injury knows that workers' compensation benefits are incredibly helpful because they provide financial security for those who may need to miss a significant amount of time from their job due to an injury. But a new survey shows that if the industry doesn't work to make changes, access to these benefits may become more difficult down the road.
The title to this week's blog post is a question often posed by injured workers across the state of Ohio. It makes sense when you consider that not all work-related injuries force a person to miss work or even prevent them from doing other duties at their job. But while this may be the case, it's important to know that the workers' compensation program has strict guidelines when it comes to receiving these benefits and working while collecting them can cause problems.
In the days before the establishment of workers' compensation, if an employee suffered an injury or illness in connection with his or her employment, the means of seeking redress was frequently to file a lawsuit against the employer.