Paint Creek Fire District Rewarded for Safety Excellence

Photo of worker's injury claim formThe Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) presented the Paint Creek EMS/Fire District with a Safety Intervention Grant, in recognition of their outstanding workplace safety procedures.

Safety Intervention Grants are considered an investment in future workplace safety. The BWC helps companies identify successful policies, awarding the grants to businesses who have already shown a consistent commitment to safety.

The Paint Creek emergency response unit transports patients to hospitals, performs water, rope, and off-road rescue, and provides educational outreach for health issues. Some of their daily responsibilities, like loading and unloading ambulance patients, can cause back and shoulder sprains, lacerations, and crushed fingers.

The BWC’s CEO presented the assistant fire chief with a $30,000 Safety Intervention Grant to purchase a Ferno iNix patient transport and loading system. The new equipment would mechanically lift patients into the ambulance, reducing the strain on emergency responders.

 

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Lung Irritation Could Be Chronic Silicosis

If you work at a construction site, shortness of breath, respiratory irritation and fatigue can all be signs of a serious lung condition called chronic silicosis. Chronic silicosis is a disease that develops over time as a person breathes in microscopic bits of crystalline silica, a component in all sand and stone. Construction workers are at a high risk for the disease, especially if your duties include:

  • Sand blasting
  • Jackhammering
  • Mixing Concrete
  • Drilling or cutting concrete
  • Tuck pointing
  • Tunneling

When you breathe in, the small bits of crystalline silica create tiny cuts in your lungs. These make you more susceptible to respiratory diseases like tuberculosis. They also cause scar tissue to build up in your lungs, making it difficult for them to function correctly. This can cause shortness of breath and irritation of the nose, throat and lungs. If exposed for longer periods, side effects can include respiratory failure and death.

Employers can protect their workers from chronic silicosis with a few small steps:

  • Making sure work areas are properly ventilated
  • Wetting the stone before cutting
  • Requiring the use of N95 NIOSH certified respirators

The consequences of chronic silicosis can be dire, even fatal. If you believe you are suffering from this disease, please consult a doctor immediately.

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Do You Work an a Hospital? Statistics Show Injuries Increasing Among Hospital Workers

More so than construction and manufacturing, hospitals are one of the most dangerous places to work in terms of employee accidents. Most hospital injuries result from repeatedly lifting and repositioning limited mobility patients, exposure to contagious patients and interactions with violent patients. In addition, a culture of “patient first” pervades hospitals. While it is a virtuous notion, it often results in employees disregarding their own health.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there were approximately 273,700 workplace injuries in hospitals in 2011. The hospital industry is an outlier, statistically. Construction, manufacturing and other industries have all dramatically reduced the incidence of workplace injuries in the past decade; however, hospital injury rates remain high.

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Is Workplace Noise Something To Worry About?

Most workers do not think about hearing loss as a work place injury because it develops gradually over time. However, hearing loss can have devastating effects on the victim. A sign of the onset of hearing loss is an inability to understand conversations taking place only a few feet away. As the threshold of audibility lowers, the victim will no longer be able to understand words spoken directly to him. Eventually, he or she will lose hearing entirely.

Hearing loss compounds the likelihood of workplace accidents because it will be harder for the worker to accurately follow safety instructions. If you work in a loud environment, be sure to bring ear plugs or wear shooting range headphones. Hearing loss is permanent, so take precautions whenever possible.

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What Are The Dangers Of Plastics Factories?

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently inspected New Wave Plastics and found 13 safety violations. As such, OSHA is fining New Wave Plastics $51,800. “Employers have a responsibility to train workers about hazards found in their facilities and to take precautions to prevent injuries and illnesses,” said the OSHA area director in Cleveland. “Employers must ensure workers are protected from hazards and that they receive the required safety training.”

If you have been injured in a workplace accident, our Columbus workers compensation attorneys can help you get the compensation that you deserve. The Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC legal team has over 80 years of combined experience defending the rights of whistleblowers and injured workers. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Ohio workers compensation lawyers, call us today at (614) 221-7548.

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Pradaxa Lawsuits Expected to Come to Trial in August

U.S. courts will begin to hear cases against Boehringer Ingelheim over its stroke prevention pill Pradaxa (dabigatran) in August.

According to Reuters, the drug maker is facing more than 2,000 lawsuits in the U.S. over claims the drug has caused cases of severe and fatal bleeding. The news service reported that a handful of bellwether trials would be used as a reference for remaining cases and out-of-court settlements.

Our Pradaxa attorneys fight against negligent manufacturers of dangerous drugs, defective medical devices and consumer products. Contact our experienced attorneys by calling toll-free at 888-841-9623 today.

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NFL Cheerleader Files Lawsuit Over Alleged Wage Violations

According to USA Today, a cheerleader who said the franchise is violating federal wage laws is suing the Cincinnati Bengals.

The lawsuit, filed on February 11, is attempting to gain class action status by covering all Ben-Gals cheer squad members dating back to 2011.

In her lawsuit, Alexa Brenneman, 24, said that squad members put in more than 300 hours a season attending mandatory practices and charity events and performing required volunteer work, but were paid a flat rate of $90 a game for cheering at 10 games during the 2013 season. These wages reportedly violate minimum wage laws.

If you have been wronged by your employer in a similar fashion and have any interest in speaking with an attorney about a potential class action lawsuit, please contact Gary S. Graifman, Esq. toll free at (800) 660-7843 to schedule a free initial consultation. You can also complete the form on this page to let our skilled attorneys review your case.

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Workers Comp Bureau Rewards Safety Conscious Businesses

Recently, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) awarded a $30,000 grant to the City of St. Marys. The funds will be used to install an automatic cot lifting system for ambulances. The BWC provides grants like these as incentives for businesses to be more safety conscious in the workplace. “I applaud the city for recognizing that investments in workplace safety can lead to positive results, both in terms of fewer injuries and in keeping workers’ comp costs low and employees healthy and productive,” said the BWC CEO.

If only the rest of Ohio businesses would get on the safety bandwagon, they would find that it is much more affordable to protect their workers than to neglect them. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, our Columbus workers compensation attorneys can help. We have the expertise and resources to bring justice to your negligent employer and secure the full compensation that you deserve for your injuries. For more information, contact us.

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