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Workers’ Comp: Ohio’s Top Court Says ‘Tough Luck’ to Safety Slackers

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The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that employees who fail to follow safety instructions abandon their jobs in doing so and are not covered by workers’ compensation. While this may save employers some workers’ comp dollars in the short-term, it complicates the future of workers’ comp as the exclusive remedy for injured workers.

Gross Negligence

Sixteen-year-old David Gross started working at a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise in September of 2003. Gross received an employee handbook that contained a section on workplace safety. Among other things, the safety section stated:

  • “Follow all warnings and instructions about the safe operation of all equipment. Never boil water in a cooker to clean it.”
  • “A Critical Violation means you could lose your job right away. Here are examples of some, but not all, Critical Violations: Violating [KFC] health, security, or safety guidelines that cause or could cause illness or...(register to read more)

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