The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited PPG Industries for multiple safety violations at one of its Ohio based facilities. The inspection of the company began late last September after OSHA received a complaint alleging that PPG Industries was operating an unguarded winder machine in one of its facilities.
Workplace accidents can have a major impact on workers and their families. Often, workers need time away from their jobs in order to fully recover from a serious work-related injury.
People go to work every day hoping to make a better life for them and their families. Sometimes, through no fault of their own, their ability to work is hindered by unavoidable hazards in unsafe work environments. Workers' compensation is meant to help those injured in work related activities provide for their families when they can't work and pay for medical expenses incurred as a result of a workplace accident.
Very few people would dispute the fact that workers' compensation is an important safety net for workers who are hurt on the job. However, the workers' compensation system in Ohio has proved to be the subject of several ongoing legislative and policy debates.
In the Ohio workers' compensation system, there are two separate entities responsible for the handling of workers' compensation claims. The Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) handles the processing of claims and premium payments by employers while the Industrial Commission (IC) resolves disputes between parties to a claim. The Commission resolves such disputes through its hearing process.
One of the monetary benefits available to injured workers through Ohio's workers' compensation system is a benefit known as a Permanent Partial Disability (PPD). Unlike other benefits, which typically replace lost wages, PPD awards are most akin to a "damages" award. As a result of a specific work injury, a claimant may find that his or body does not quite function the way it did prior to the injury. This residual impairment is reflected in the PPD award.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation is the agency responsible for providing medical and wage replacement benefits to individuals who experience work-related injuries, disease or death. In the state of Ohio, workers have the right to make a claim for benefits if they experience a health concern because of their employment at a company. When your health and income are concerns, every attempt should be made to seek the benefits to which you are entitled and which you deserve.