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New options to improve workplace safety in Ohio

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation recently announced a change to its workplace safety training requirements for businesses, which it hopes will improve employee safety across the state.

Under this new rule, employers participating in the Group Experience and Group Retrospective Rating programs will have more flexibility in satisfying training requirements after a workplace injury.

Traditionally employers have had to undergo two hours of safety training after an accident. Now those employers can complete an accident analysis and related training to understand the root of the accident, why it happened and how to avoid similar ones in the future.

"By better understanding the circumstances that led to an accident, an employer is better able to take appropriate action to prevent similar injuries in the future," said the Bureau's CEO. After an employer completes the analysis, the Bureau will use information from their training to determine if it met the objective of reducing the likelihood of future accidents.

Those who are injured in a workplace accident may have several avenues to pursue compensation, if appropriate. An employer may pay benefits through workers' compensation or the employee may have a third-party claim against an individual or property owner whose negligence contributed to the accident.

If you have been injured in an accident at work, it is important to work with a personal injury attorney experienced in civil injury claims and workers' compensation claims, as your case may involve both. A qualified attorney can help you preserve your rights, notify the courts and get the best possible result in your case.

Source: Claims Journal, "Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Expands Safety Training Options," Dec. 3, 2012

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