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New workers' compensation grant program created in Ohio

For employees injured at work, most of the costs incurred from the injury, including medical bills and time away from work, are covered by workers' compensation. The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation is working toward the goal of preventing workplace injuries and just awarded safety intervention grants to 16 different employers throughout Ohio. The grants totaled more than $350,000.

The BWC designed the grant program, Safety Intervention Grant Program, for the purpose of helping Ohio employers. Workplace injuries are costly to employers for a number of reasons and these grants help establish practices to prevent and limit workplace accidents.

Usually, employers want to create the safest environment possible for their employees but safety features and practices can be cost-prohibitive for many. Grants like these are extremely beneficial because they remove the cost concern. The grants also establish best practices, which allow employers to share and learn how to deal with similar safety issues.

Both private and public Ohio employers are eligible for grants under the program. Under certain parameters, these grants also include a 2-to-1 matching account for employers.

Workers' compensation holds an essential role in the workplace. It provides employees with a means to pay medical bills and general bills at a time when working isn't possible.

Employees injured at work may have additional claims for damages in addition to workers' compensation if the injury was due to negligence from the employer or by a third-party.

Ohio laws regarding the right for an injured person to recover compensation for his or her injuries can be complicated and restrictive. An experience personal injury attorney can certainly help navigate these potential claims.

Source: Workerscompensation.com, "Ohio BWC Awards More Than $350k To Support Workplace Safety," May 8, 2012

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