NEW PHILADELPHIA — As part of National Safety Month, the Ohio Bureau of Worker's Compensation is offering several tips for staying safe on the job.
According to the BWC, more than 60 percent of last year's lost-time injury claims were the result of slips, trips, falls or overexertion, all preventable causes. "Preventing the most common injuries can be as simple as maintaining good housekeeping practices, using slip-resistant shoes, eliminating lifting tasks and training employees on proper lifting techniques," BWC administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer said in a news release. "Attentive employers can make a few minor changes at minimal cost that can significantly increase safety in the workplace and provide the added benefits of healthy, productive workers and lower workers' compensation premiums."
Pain can prove costly for individuals already dealing with financial woes and problems at home, a new study has found.
According to research published in the August issue of Spine (2011;26:1402-1409), blacks, the working poor and people younger than 35 years old are more likely to suffer from financial problems and domestic issues after settling workers’ compensation claims for painful, on-the-job back injuries.
Workers compensations (often referred to as workers comp) is a form of insurance purchased by employers to provide financial benefits to employees that become injured while at work or while performing a work-related task. In most states, purchasing workers compensation insurance is required, although some do states makes exceptions for small companies. If you become injured at work, while performing a work-related errand, or while attending a work-related function, you have the right to file a workers compensation claim with the insurance company that issues your employer’s policy.
There are some employees that enter the work force not knowing that there is protection in place to ensure they are compensated for any types of injuries. As many employers know, there are certainly many accidents that can occur within the workplace, leaving them liable for punitive and medical damages. This can be quite expensive, and with many employees taking the option to sue or file tort claims, there can be great losses for companies. Another option for employees is the worker’s compensation program that serves as a type of insurance for these employees in the event that there is some sort of mishap that causes serious or even minor injury.