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Osha decision good for workplace injury claims

Ohio employees who are injured at work can usually rely on some relief for their injuries. The state's workers' compensation program helps to pay for medical bills and even time away from work. Unfortunately, some employees are afraid to report injuries at work or file a claim for compensation because of potential repercussions from their employers.

A recent case dealing with railroad workers in Illinois recently demonstrated that OSHA is not going to put up with employers getting back at employer who file workers' comp claims. The three employees are set to collect over $650,000. Two different railroads fire the men after workplace injuries or accidents. According to OSHA the men were wrongfully accused of violating safety standards, when it reality there were legitimate workplace hazards.

One of the men, a conductor was fired after he reported an accident at work. Equipment failure on a train knocked the employee unconscious and caused a shoulder injury. But after the report, the railroad altered the safety violations so they could place blame on the employee.

Another man was fired after a slip-and-fall accident at work for not following proper reporting procedures. All three men will receive financial compensation and it appears two of the three will be reinstated to their jobs.

The OSHA decision sets good precedent for future potential revenge firings. Ohio employees should feel more reassured that if they are injured at work, they will have an outlet for compensation and should not fear reporting or filing a claim. If injured employees still have concerns or are not receiving their benefits, an attorney may be able to help.

Source: Business Management Daily, "OSHA won't let Illinois whistle-blowers be railroaded," Oct. 24, 2012

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