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Several threats of permanent impairment at Ohio businesses

Industrial workers in Ohio seem to be putting their lives on the line for employers who prioritize profit over safety. A recent report about penalties issued to businesses in northwest Ohio shows that many workers face hazards that could cause permanent impairment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration revealed the names of six companies that were fined after inspections that were carried out from August to October last year.

Preventing work related injuries protects your quality of life

Your health is everything. Without good health, your quality of life and ability to participate in it is greatly reduced. Similarly, mental health problems increase as poor physical health tends to increase depression and anxiety. Too often, poor health creates a negative cycle, impacting your finances with days lost due to injuries/illness and adding medical debt to your list of financial burdens.

Bloodborne pathogens can cause permanent impairment

Paramedics, doctors and nurses are at risk for bloodborne pathogens, but they're not the only ones. One Ohio city concerned that this type of exposure may cause permanent impairment to its police officers. As part of the city's risk management program, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health was asked to assess the hazards of potential needlestick injuries that could cause health care problems for cops.

Permanent impairment can follow improper lifting techniques

Ohio workers whose jobs have caused them to develop back problems may be interested to know that the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that one in five illnesses and injuries reported by more than 1 million members of the U.S. workforce involve back pain. This type of injury is often the cause of permanent impairment. Authorities say the common cold is the only cause of lost work days that exceeds the number of days missed due to back problems.

Safety violation causes roof worker to suffer serious injuries

Some construction workers in Ohio and elsewhere are unfortunate enough to have employers who have little or no regard for employee safety. Construction is an industry with numerous safety hazards, and even the slightest safety violation can cause life-changing injuries. A business in a neighboring state is a perfect example of a company that fails to provide a safe workplace environment.

Safety violation: Many Ohio workers exposed to safety hazards

Some employees in Ohio have to endure unsafe work environments every day. Despite the fact that every safety violation can lead to a penalty, some employers fail to comply with regulations that require them to protect the health and safety of workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported that it recently fined four Ohio companies after completion of several investigations.

A safety violation in tech industry can cause serious injuries

Many people in Ohio, including business owners, have a misconception that workers in the tech industry are not at risk of suffering workplace injuries. However, tech workers face many hazards, and a safety violation can cause long-term health problems. Few people realize that repetitive strain injuries from typing on a keyboard and manipulating a mouse for hours on end are the most frequently filed workers' compensation claims.

Amputation injury risks prevalent in automotive body shops

Ohio employees in the automotive body shop industry face various hazards in their workplaces every day. They are typically exposed to the dangers of working with dangerous chemicals such as primers, paints, fillers and polishes, which could damage their eyes, skin and respiratory tracts. Furthermore, they often work with mechanical equipment and moving machine parts, like sprockets and gears, that can cut and crush hands and cause severed digits and other amputation injuries.

Permanent impairment may be avoided by ergonomic changes

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says injuries caused by ergonomic problems in workplaces such as factories, stores and offices cost businesses more and more each year. Poor workplace design affects employee health and reduces productivity and efficiency. Records show that workers' compensation costs related to nonfatal injuries nationwide, including in Ohio, are an estimated total of $60 billion -- often involving permanent impairment for workers.

A fall from a ladder may lead to permanent impairment

Construction workers in Ohio face so many life-threatening safety hazards every day that some employees become complacent to those that seem less dangerous. These may include ladders, of which the potential risks are often disregarded. It is said that the height of a ladder fall does not determine the severity of the injuries but rather the objects struck by the falling worker on the way down. Hitting one's head against a hard object can cause brain or spinal cord injuries that could result in permanent impairment.

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