When most people think of what types of jobs involve the highest risk for workplace accidents, they probably think of jobs that involve construction and the use of heavy machinery, and rightfully so. These types of jobs do indeed come with an increased risk of potential workplace accidents and resulting worker injuries. Roadside construction zones, according to a recent report, have a very high rate of accidents.
There are some occupations that are categorized as high-risk, while others are categorized as low-risk. However, there doesn't seem to be an occupation that can be categorized as no-risk. This means, irrespective of occupation, every individual needs to be prepared for an unforeseen workplace accident and to be aware of their rights when a workplace accident occurs. The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation provides certain pointers for that purpose.
There are some jobs that are so mundane that people tend to forget the risks associated with them. For example, in cities across the country, it is common to see a worker sitting on a boatswain chair, hanging by the side of a building, cleaning the windows. Most people forget the various risks associated with this job, until an accident occurs and forces people to sit up and take note.
Ohio is among the major producers of coal and other minerals in the United States, which means that a significant number of workers are employed in the mining industry. Miners are often at a higher risk for injuries than most other workers, owing to the harsh conditions they usually have to work in. Therefore, in order to address the issues specific to the mining industry, the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act was passed in 1977. This act clearly states the rights and responsibilities of a miner.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is a federal agency entrusted with implementing programs targeted at the health and safety of workers. By implementing safety programs, OSHA aims to reduce workplace hazards that can cause injuries or illnesses. There are many workers in Ohio and other parts of the United States who are aware of OSHA but, unfortunately, are not fully aware of the rights they have under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
The new year is off to a challenging start for an Ohio family whose loved one was killed in a work accident. Work accidents resulting in injuries and fatalities are more common than many realize. It can happen in any industry, but certain sectors have a higher prevalence of work injury and fatalities. The man happened to work at an industrial plant in Groveland where the work accident occurred.
The most recent reporting of Ohio worker accidents and fatalities showed some improvement in 2017 with fewer fatal work accidents in the private sector in 2017. However, this is a small victory as any worker fatality is one too many. The deaths still trump workers deaths in 2015, worker fatalities have steadily increased otherwise in the private sector since 2012. These numbers are reported on by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
As a construction worker, you put your body and well-being on the line every day you show up to work. This is because your body is your tool and main source of income and success in your profession. Unlike the typical desk job, construction workers have a very different perspective when it comes to their typical job duties and how it can impact their health. This is because construction worker accident injuries are much more common in comparison to the standard office job.
Going to work every day should not be something that we fear from physical standpoint. Yet, often individuals are hurt in workplace injuries that leave them with serious injuries. These injuries can be difficult to overcome, and the damages associated with them can be extensive. Medical expenses can quickly pile up, and these victims may miss work to focus on their health, causing them to be subjected to lost wages. As trying as this can be for workplace accident victims, they may find relief through workers' compensation benefits.