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Workplace Injuries Archives

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.

Chainsaw negligence can lead to permanent impairment

After stormy weather in Ohio, cleaning up will likely involve the use of dangerous equipment to clear away broken tree limbs and branches. Whenever industrial chainsaws, log splitters and other tools are used, the risks of suffering injuries that can cause permanent impairment will be many. For this reason, landscaping and tree care company owners must ensure that all equipment is in mint condition and that operators of these machines are properly trained.

Lack of safety devices can lead to permanent disability injuries

Employers in Ohio must provide workplace environments that are free of known safety hazards that could cause harm to employees. However, some business owners prefer to avoid the costs of installing safety devices, in favor of more satisfactory bottom lines. Industrial workers are particularly vulnerable when equipment and machines lack safety devices to prevent accidents that could cause permanent disability.

Marijuana combined with machinery can bring permanent impairment

Although it is legal to use medical marijuana in Ohio, some business owners are serious about maintaining drug-free workplaces. The executive vice president of a company that does metal stamping is adamant that workers who operate the complicated, heavy machinery at his facility need to be clear-headed at all times. He says it is precision work, and the slightest error can lead to permanent impairment.

Mother protests safety violation that caused her son's death

The family of a 23-year-old worker who died at the plant of an Ohio plastics manufacturer on July 20, 2016, is protesting his death, urging stricter safety regulations. Although the family believes a safety violation caused their loved one's death, they are unable to do anything about it. State law prevent them from holding the employer responsible unless it can be shown the employer acted intentionally or was grossly negligent.

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