The current opioid epidemic is a nationwide concern, and the Ohio Bureau of Worker's Compensation has found a way to address it. The crisis impacts workers in all industries, and authorities say it is worthwhile to explore ways in which to curb the use of opioids. The need for habit-forming painkillers containing opiates often follows work-related back injuries that cause temporary disability and include products like morphine, heroin, codeine and oxycodone.
Firefighters face a host of life-threatening hazards while they work to save the lives of others. One of these lifesavers in Ohio traveled around the country to create awareness about the cancer risks of firefighting. He also taught other firefighters how to avoid carcinogen exposure. He was instrumental in the passing of a law in Ohio that might ensure surviving family members of firefighters who succumb to cancer receive death benefits from the workers' compensation insurance system.
Ohio's sole provider of water, Aqua Ohio, is facing a proposed penalty of $45,000 after an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was completed. The penalty relates to a safety violation that resulted in a preventable fatality on March 29. The incident claimed the life of a member of a crew that was relocating a water line.
Workers in the agriculture industry in Ohio are exposed to a host of safety hazards on a daily basis. Lives are sometimes lost in circumstances that could have been avoided, leaving surviving family members with many unanswered questions. Death benefits may be pursued through the workers' compensation insurance system. Although money may ease the financial burden, it will likely not relieve the emotional loss.
Gunshot wounds. Injured babies. Heart attack victims. People trapped in mangled cars. Burns. Broken bones. The list of sights and sounds experienced by Columbus emergency responders conjures up images of pain and damage to human bodies. Imagine what it does to the police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians who are out there every day trying to help the injured.
If you consider yourself to be an independent person, then you probably cringe at the idea of asking for help or allowing someone else to do something for you. You probably shy away from reaching out to others, assuming that you will be able to find a solution to your problem on your own.
According to the Ohio State Patrol, an electrical worker was recently killed when a tractor-trailer ran into the lift truck that was holding the electrician aloft. The 46-year-old was secured by harness inside the lift bucket and sustained traumatic body injuries in the collision.
If you have recently suffered an injury or illness on the job, the extent of a workplace injury can be much more significant than you may realize. In addition to the emotional strain and frustration of being injured, there can be substantial expenses related to the treatment of an injury or illness. In many cases, workers are not equipped to handle these unexpected expenses on their own. Luckily, they don't have to.
There have been legal protections in place to help injured workers secure benefits for more than a century. These laws have been crucial in providing support and financial options to people who are hurt through the course of their employment.
Workers across Ohio generally understand that if they are hurt on the job, they are typically eligible to receive workers' compensation. This insurance is intended to ease the financial burden of lost wages and medical care for injured workers and their families. In theory, the benefits available through workers' compensation should help people get back on their feet.