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Supreme Court Tosses VSSR Award, Finding Employee to Blame for Accident

By WorkCompCentral

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 | 502 | 0 | 0 min read

The Ohio Supreme Court overturned a worker’s enhanced award of benefits for the loss of a hand in a conveyor belt accident, finding that his employer had complied with safety regulations and that the accident was caused by the worker’s own conduct. Case: State ex rel. Ohio Paperboard v. Industrial Commission, No. 2016-1575, 12/28/2017, published. Facts: John Ruckman worked for Ohio Paperboard, the operator of a recycled-paper mill. The company regularly receives 900-pound bales of recycled paper bound with wire. The bales are loaded onto a conveyor that transports them ...

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