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Former managers charged in connection to Ohio workplace accident

Workplace safety is a valuable part of any industry or profession. Accidents can happen, especially in high-risk sectors, but employers owe their workers the best chance at avoiding injury or death.

A pair of former supervisors at an aluminum plant in Youngstown are facing criminal charges, as they are suspected of contributing to a workplace accident and scrambling to cover up their shortcomings after a worker died and another was seriously injured. The problem revolves around a conveyor system that may have posed foreseeable dangers to employees.

Highway collision claims Ohio worker's life

Workplaces have to be safe before anything else. This is one rule that employees in every industry can agree on. Safety plays a different part in every workplace, with daily routines being shaped by safety needs more in industries with greater risk to the people in it.

Emergency services such as law enforcement and firefighting have inherent risks and can be some of the most dangerous professions in the country. Construction, however, tops the U.S. and Ohio lists for hazards that may affect workers as well as injuries and deaths on the job.

Opting for a lump sum workers’ compensation payment

Workplace injuries affect many employees across Ohio. Whether you work in a factory, on an assembly line, lift heavy materials or injure yourself in an office environment, you have the opportunity to receive damages from your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance.

Some employees choose to receive a lump sum payment after the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation approves their claim. This lump sum will add your expenses from when you initially received your injury, but it will also include all quantified future expenses you may face due to the injury’s effects.

Ohio manufacturing accident causes government penalties

Work sites can only be productive when workers and visitors are safe to get things done. Construction, one of the nation's most dangerous professions, requires many laws and regulations to ensure qualified people are working with the appropriate procedures to prevent injury or death.

When accidents happen, there are often few choices for the victims of workplace injuries and their families. The most common one is to claim financial damages from the parties responsible for a dangerous work environment.

Workers' compensation helps law enforcement in Ohio

Professionals in every career and location care about their own safety and the safety of their co-workers. The United States has come a long way in the last few decades in protecting workers who had previously faced unacceptable risks, but some employees still face problems and require assistance through insurance and workers' compensation laws.

Workers' compensation claims can lead to more than financial help for people hurt in the workplace. Claims can forward the cause of workplace safety in some of the country's most dangerous professions. For example, the Buckeye State's injured worker fund is making moves to keep some workers safe and prevent future problems.

Preventing heat exhaustion on the job in Columbus

Heat exhaustion is nothing to mess around with, especially when you are working outdoors for hours on end. This is a health issue that many people suffer from every summer. It can easily be avoided by taking some preventive steps before, during and after spending a shift outside working for your employer. We will discuss those tips today, so you do not wind up suffering from heat exhaustion.

If you know you will be working outside in extreme heat, you need to stay hydrated. Drink roughly 16 ounces of water or some other fluid with electrolytes in it at least 30 minutes before beginning work. While working, drink eight ounces of water every 20 minutes.

Workplace injury responsibilities for both employer and worker

Receiving an injury while on the job should be taken very seriously. Employees in every state including Ohio are required to have a healthy work environment that is reasonably safe. However, even in what could be considered a safe area, an injury can occur.

Suffering an injury in the workplace is very common. American workers are injured on the job every seven seconds. That comes to 12,300 a day or 4,500,000 injuries a year. Workplace injuries commonly come from a fall, contact with objects or directly from equipment.

Follow these tips to avoid back injuries at work

When you go to work each day, are you really thinking about safety? Many workplaces preach safety to their employees and it goes in one ear and out the other. Your workplace might be the safest around because of the policies in effect but if you don't follow those policies you are putting yourself at risk. Follow these tips to prevent back injuries at your Columbus workplace.

If your job requires you to sit at a desk in front of a computer all day, you are not doing yourself any favors by failing to walk around. Get up every hour and take a quick walk around the office. Stretch your legs and your back. The more you move around, the less likely it is that a muscle will become stiff.

What can I do to prevent a scaffolding accident?

If you go to work each morning on a construction site, there's probably plenty that goes through your mind regarding safety. The sad thing is that you are only as safe as those working around you. It's not hard to take your own safety into account, but it's hard to expect your co-workers to be just as safe as you. So, what can you do to prevent a scaffolding accident?

First, make sure you are properly trained before boarding the scaffolding. If you have not been trained on how to use this piece of equipment, you should not step foot on it. Even if it means risking your job, avoid getting on it at all costs.

Qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits in Ohio

Suffering an injury or illness while at work can lead to a lengthy time away from the job. No one wants an extended absence from work for fear of losing their job or struggling to get back into a rhythm upon their return. If you are ever injured on the job in Columbus, you need to know how you can qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.

The first way to determine if you qualify for these benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) is to find out if you worked in a job that is covered by the agency. Once you determine if your job was covered, you need to find out if the injury you suffered is covered by the SSA and their definition of disability.

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