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Columbus Workers' Compensation Law Blog

Ohio testing drones for bridge inspections

If there was a way to prevent workers from being put in dangerous positions, that would be an ideal way to prevent workplace injuries. That's one of the benefits of potentially using drones to inspect bridges and other items. Drones are unmanned, but they are controlled by users on the back end. Workers would essentially stay in the office while the drone does the hard work. Ohio Turnpike officials are looking into using drones to help cut the costs of inspections as well as to prevent road closures from having workers on the bridge.

According to the article, The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission, or OTIC, will be using an unmanned aircraft system to inspect a bridge that is nearly 1,000 feet long in Sandusky County. That will be the first time it is inspected via drone without a person present. The results will be reviewed against a manual review by an inspector to verify its quality. If this program works, it could take many construction workers and inspectors out of harm's way, clear up traffic congestion by eliminating the need for teams on the ground and save the state money.

Spinal and brain injuries can be life-changing events

When brain and spinal cord injuries take place, they often come together. A hit to the head, for instance, may result in a concussion as well as whiplash from the whipping motion of the skull. It's up to doctors to diagnose these conditions, but if you are diagnosed, knowing that you can file a legal claim against the person responsible can take some pressure off you.

Traumatic brain injuries cause around 40 percent of all deaths caused by accidents and injuries. That, in total, means around 52,000 people die every year because of those injuries alone. Add to that the possibility of spinal injuries, and you can see that those who do survive may be left with permanent disabilities.

Why is heat dangerous in a work environment?

The summer can be devastatingly hot, making work more difficult for those exposed to high temperatures. Without proper breaks and shade, heat can be dangerous or deadly to workers. This is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created the criteria for a recommended standard for occupational exposure to heat and hot environments.

Heat itself can result in injuries, disease, death and reduced productivity in the workplace. The stress of working in a hot environment can make it easier for workers to make mistakes or take shortcuts to get out of the heat or sun. In 2014, it was found that there is evidence that heat stress is increasing in many work environments, particularly those around the equator, where the temperatures rise and fall in relation to climate change.

Father fights for disabled son's compensation after severe injury

When you're injured at work, you shouldn't have to worry about the funds meant to care for your needs being cut off for no reason. If you find yourself fighting just to survive on the money you receive for disability benefits even though you're meant to get paid from an insurance company, you may be in a position like this family. According to the Aug. 1 news, the young man was 24 at the time of the accident that caused his disability. He had been working as an electrician when he was injured. He was working at a bank that was under construction when he was electrocuted by a high-voltage shock.

Although he spent nearly a month in a coma, he's alive. At age 34, he is completely disabled. He no longer is able to bathe, dress, or speak for himself. He can't walk, so he gets around in a wheelchair. His father says his son has to use a diaper for incontinence.

Heat sickness and the summer: What employers should do

Heat and cold hazards can affect people in the workplace very quickly. During the summer, heat-related hazards are the most likely, although those working in freezers or in cold atmospheres can be exposed to dangerously low temperatures.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration doesn't require employers to provide heating or air conditioning in a normal workplace, which is something you may be surprised to hear. OSHA does, however, ask that temperatures be controlled between 68 and 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Failing to do this can expose workers to temperatures that could lead to hypothermia, if it's too cold, or hyperthermia, if it's too hot.

1 killed, 1 injured in demolition; Safety violations recorded

When you're a construction worker, your safety is of the utmost importance. You provide a necessary service to the public, and there's no reason that you should have to suffer injuries due to safety violations or other concerns.

When a company doesn't take safety serious, people can get hurt or killed. Take for instance this company in Detroit that was in the news for four serious violations. The company, Adamo Industrial Services, faces penalties ranging from $7,000 to $28,000 for violations including failing to de-energize an electrical power line.

How much are you entitled to in Social Security benefits?

If you're applying for Social Security Disability, you need to have your Social Security number, birth certificate, case number and the names of your doctors ready. You will also need the address, name and phone number of any medical facility you attended for care. Remember to keep the dates of all your visits for the purpose of your application.

Your will need the names and dosages of your medications to provide them to the Social Security Administration, laboratory and test results, a summary explaining where you worked and the kind of work you performed and copies of your most recent W-2. If you're self-employed, you can use your federal tax returns from the past year to file your application. If you have medical records from doctors, therapists, hospital stays or other medical documents, keep these as well. You will need as much evidence of your condition as possible to apply for benefits.

Appeal a denied workers' compensation claim

If your workers' compensation claim has been denied, it can make you frustrated and leave you feeling like you have no way to access the money you need. Workplace injuries are usually covered by your employer's workers' compensation insurance, and when you're hurt at work, it should kick in to help you pay for the medical costs associated with your injury among other financial losses.

Sometimes, claims are denied, and there can be several reasons for that. The first is that your employer is disputing your claim. Maybe he or she believes the accident took place outside work or as a result of horseplay; in those cases, he or she wouldn't need to cover the cost of your care through his or her insurance. Maybe you didn't seek medical treatment. In most situations, you have to seek medical care to qualify for workers' compensation benefits.

How many people do spinal cord injuries affect each year?

At work, you're at risk of a traumatic brain injury no matter what industry you work in. If you drive, you could be in a car accident. If you're a factory worker, you could fall or get caught in machinery. There are many ways for these injuries to occur, which is why so many people suffer every year.

In the United States, around 1.4 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury each year. Out of those people, around 50,000 die from the injuries and another 235,000 people have to be hospitalized for an extended period of time. If that number seems low, it's because it doesn't represent the 1.1 million people who are treated at the emergency room but released after seeing a medical care provider.

Worker killed when he fell into a hydraulic press in Ohio

When you go to work, you expect to be kept safe on the job. If you work in construction, that means that everyone should be in the right safety gear, the team should have good communication and the right barricades should be used. If you work in a factory, the proper machine guards should be in place to prevent you from suffering amputations or worse.

When accidents happen on the job, they can be devastating. For instance, this accident in Columbus resulted in the death of a worker. He had been using a hydraulic press at Core Molding Technologies when he became stuck in the machinery. Shortly after, he fell into the machinery and suffered a catastrophic head injury that resulted in his death.

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