Columbus Workers' Comp BLOG

Who Is Responsible for Your Work Injury?

Your employer is responsible for creating a safe workplace, hires all workers on site, fixes workplace hazards that arise, and will be the ones who provide workers comp to their injured workers. However, this scenario is not always common on job sites. Many injuries involve negligence on behalf of third parties with different safety training and equipment. Your employer is responsible for providing workers compensation, but you can make a separate claim against a third party. These cases can be tricky. Who’s Responsible in a Work Injury Case? Where did the injury occur? Were you injured on someone else’s property while working for your employer? For example, if you injured by a falling object on someone’s property while working, you can make a claim against the owner of the animal. Was there equipment involved? If you were injured by machinery, it is possible that your employer is responsible for not…
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Has OSHA Banned Union Reps From Their Worksite Inspections?

In 2013, The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) expanded their ruling to allow union employees who didn’t work at the company being inspected to accompany OSHA officials during worksite inspections. This allowed them to offer feedback directly to the OSHA representative. Republicans and small businesses, saying it is a way for unions to intimidate them, have opposed the ruling. OSHA pulled this mandate last week, now reverting the rule to what it was, which allows only employees of the company being inspected to accompany OSHA representatives. This rule allows employees to interact with OSHA representatives without management supervision, a great safety net for employees. Another resource for worker safety is joining a union. When Should You Request Your Worksite to Be Inspected? Anytime you have brought a potential workplace hazard to the attention of your employer and they are not making efforts to fix it, or are denying that it…
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What Could Funding Cuts to the Labor Department Mean for Job Safety?

The U.S. already doesn’t have enough federal inspectors to regulate job sites, and there could be even fewer available. There are proposed 21% budget cuts to the Labor department being proposed by President Trump right now. One of the programs targeted is the Susan Harwood Grant Program, which helps provide training to workers with limited English speaking. These workers often don’t have the same access to information about their rights. In an environment where there are already people underrepresented and regulators are hard to come by, these budget cuts could mean that workplace safety knowledge is more important than ever. Top 3 Most Important Safety Resources You Have as a Worker Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA): OSHA is there to protect you as a worker. You may file a complaint about workplace safety with them at any time and request that your workplace is inspected. It also requires employers…
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