When an employer overlooks a specific safety requirement and a worker is injured, there may be different protections for injured workers to consider and that they will want to be familiar with. One option is to file a claim for an employer Violation of Specific Safety Requirement (VSSR).
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).
There are many workplace accidents in Ohio every year. There are many different causes for these accidents and many different outcomes. Sometimes the workers may just need to clean up a mess or receive minor medical treatment. However, many others result in severe injuries for the workers involved. In these situations, it is very important that the workers receive the proper workers' compensation benefits. The proper amount can include an additional award though if there was an employer violation of specific safety requirement (VSSR).
Sometimes it can feel like employees are at a disadvantage to their employers. It seems like the employers set the rules, all the conditions and in return, the employee gets paid. While in theory, it may be a little unbalanced, employees do have rights in terms of worker safety and wellness. Oversights, in terms of workplace safety, can cause a worker to become injured.
Workers' compensation insurance is something that has been around in the United States for more than 100 years. Over that time, it has undergone changes and the law continues to evolve even today. This is one reason why, if you suffer a work injury, you should consult with an attorney. That is the best way to be sure of your current rights and options regarding compensation.