Ohio Working To Improve Employee Safety Across The State

by | October 23rd, 2013

October 23, 2013

Each year, employees who are hurt on the job make thousands of claims for workers’ compensation benefits in the state of Ohio. The Ohio Workers’ Compensation Attorneys with the law firm of Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy point out that experts believe creating awareness and a culture of safety in the workplace is the best way to reduce these numbers.

According to an article from the Insurance Journal, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation pays roughly $81.7 million in rebate funds to around 2,000 employers in the state. The funds are being paid as part of a program where businesses can participate in group-retrospective rates.

The program works by having employers band together with other businesses to create a group. Each member of the group then continues to pay individual premiums while promoting safety in their own workplaces. Then, participants receive rebates based on the group’s success in preventing accidents and claims.

The Bureau is also tripling funding for workplace safety programs, from $5 million to $15 million.

The next step in the program is to implement a prospective payment system to prevent double billings and decrease premium rates by as much as four percent.

The law firm’s team of Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers applauds the efforts being made to improve workplace safety in Ohio and is hopeful the programs are successful in their missions.