On October 23, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new respirable crystalline silica rule in the construction industry became fully effective. The silica rule is one of the most comprehensive health standards ever issued for the construction industry and significantly reduces the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) for crystalline silica.Read more
Effective September 7, 2017, Ohio Admin.Code 4121-15-03 and 4121-3-18 were amended.
Ohio Admin.Code 4121-15-03 governs the standards of conduct (i.e. ethical conduct) of Commission and Bureau employees, and follows the provisions of the Ohio ethics law contained in Chapters 102 and 2921 of the Revised Code. Under Ohio Admin.
In a decision which is extremely favorable to employers, the Ohio Supreme Court found the “consent provision” in R.C. 4123.512(D) constitutional, which means claimant must obtain an employer’s consent before voluntarily dismissing an employer-initiated appeal under Civ.R. 41(A).
Ferguson v. State of Ohio, 2017-Ohio-7844 began as a declaratory judgment action in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas challenging the constitutionality of the consent provision of R.C. 4123.
In Kljun v. Ohio Bur. of Work. Comp., 8th Dist. No. 105340, 2017-Ohio-7724, a claimant challenged the constitutionality of the amendment to R.C. 4123.57(B), which became effective after the enactment of H.B. 487 on September 10, 2012. The former version of R.C. 4123.57(B), required employers and the Bureau to pay loss awards in a lump-sum payment once all appeal remedies were exhausted.Read more
OSHA requires employers to provide a workplace that is free from recognized hazards. Influenza (flu) is a hazardous contagious viral respiratory disease that peaks in the winter months. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza causes approximately 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths in our country each year. Influenza is easily spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing and poor hand hygiene.Read more
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration & The National Safety Council remind both motorists and pedestrians to use EXTRA caution on Halloween night. Halloween is a particularly deadly night due to twice as many child pedestrians on the streets. In 2016, 107 people died on the roads on the night of October 31st, and 21 percent of those killed were pedestrians. October is the second deadliest month on the roads due to increased pedestrian traffic.Read more