Ohio law requires employers to provide a safe working environment for their employees and that they comply with all state workplace safety laws. Because of this requirement, a failure of employees to comply with state workplace safety laws may make an employer liable for an employer violation of specific safety requirement (VSSR).

The benefit of claiming a VSSR to an injured employer is that it may allow them to claim an additional 15 percent to 50 percent of the maximum weekly compensation rate in Ohio in addition to the regular workers’ compensation benefits they receive for the workplace injury they suffered. There are specific requirements to claim VSSR compensation so it is important for workers to be familiar with how to make a claim for VSSR benefits in addition to their workers’ compensation benefits.

The requirements for making a VSSR claim for compensation include that the worker’s employer violated a specific safety regulation; that the specific safety regulation what was violated directly impact the worker’s role at work; and that the employer’s violation of the specific safety regulation resulted in the workplace injury or illness the worker suffered. It is important to keep in mind that workers’ compensation benefits can help with medical expenses, lost wages and other concerns injured workers may face, depending on the circumstances, following a workplace accident, injury or illness.

Workers throughout Ohio have the right to a safe workplace. When this basic and reasonable expectation has been violated by an employer’s violation of a safety requirement, injured workers and their families should be familiar with the options available to them and how to maximize those options so they receive the help they need.