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How do you prove your carpal tunnel syndrome is work-related?

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a repetitive stress injury that people in many different types of jobs can suffer. Working on a computer all day can cause it, but so can any type of repetitive motion that stresses the ligaments contained in the wrist, like slicing meat at a butcher counter or working on a factory assembly line. Even working with high-powered vibrating machinery can cause it.

Can you get workers' compensation for skin cancer?

People in professions where they spend long hours outdoors in the heat and sun should be given plenty of opportunities to take breaks either inside or in the shade and should have plenty of water and other hydrating beverages available. They should wear protective head coverings, clothing and sunscreen to prevent sunburn. As part of their obligation to protect their employees' health and safety, employers should these and other items to help minimize the harmful effects of the sun.

Choosing a doctor for your work-related injury or illness

When you suffer an injury or illness in the workplace, you may not be able to be treated by your own doctor. Here in Ohio, your first visit can be to your own physician. However, if you are seeking workers' compensation, you'll need to be treated by a physician who is certified by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC). That doctor will be listed as your physician of record (POR).

Shaming companies leads to fewer violations

Between 2009 and 2017, companies in Ohio and throughout the country that incurred serious OSHA violations would be named in a press release. According to one study conducted by an economist from Duke, the policy of publicly shaming violators helped to curtail violations. Specifically, the study found that there was a 73% decrease in violations incurred by companies located within 5 kilometers of a major violator that was publicly shamed.

Federal standards for lab workers' safety

For lab workers in Ohio, workplace safety can be very important. There are over 500,000 people in the United States working in laboratories, and they may face a number of significant dangers on the job, including chemical, biological and radiological toxins as well as typical concerns about space, comfort and safety in the case of an emergency. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration laboratory standards were created to define ways in which workers in laboratories should be protected, including employees in research labs, chemical storage facilities, waste handling and loading docks for lab facilities.

Contractors turn to supervisors to improve construction safety

A report from Dodge Data & Analytics has shown how more construction contractors in Ohio and across the U.S. are emphasizing worker participation and the leading role of supervisors in their effort to improve safety. Job site workers and supervisors are related to the top four factors that most contractors brought up as being essential to safety.

How employers can prevent fall injuries and deaths

OSHA updated its workplace safety rules in 2016, and it's still citing employers for violations of fall protection guidelines, which are the most common violations that the safety organization continues to see. Fatal falls account for 33% of all fatalities in the construction industry in Ohio and across the U.S. An estimated $70 billion in medical costs and workers' compensation benefits are paid out in connection with work-related falls annually.

NIOSH gives recommendations for maintaining good IEQ

Construction employers in Ohio may be wondering if they can improve the indoor environmental quality, or IEQ, in their workplace. Fortunately, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has provided a list of detailed recommendations to this end.

Six common ways that craft breweries violate OSHA standards

OSHA's safety standards apply to all industries in Ohio and across the U.S. That even includes the booming and "fun" craft beer industry. Roughly speaking, there are six ways that craft breweries are often violating these standards.