The Occupational Safety and Health Administration sponsored a competition called the Worker Safety and Health App Challenge which encouraged participants to create an application that would aid young workers in learning about workplace safety and their rights. The grand prize was $15,000, which was awarded and is set to be divided between two departments at the University of Tennessee.
The winning application was an interactive game that helps workers understand the important of workplace safety by comparing the odds and likelihood of workplace accidents, and the manner in which certain safety measures diminish the probability of certain outcomes and happenings.
Increasing safety should be a constant aim that is pushed not just by OSHA, but by employers here in Alabama and across the nation. Every year, in Alabama alone there are thousands of on-the-job injuries the result from workplace accidents. In many instances this is due in large part to an oversight in safety that impacts innocent workers.
Luckily, injured workers in Alabama should be covered in the event of such a happening under workers' compensation insurance, which means that the injured worker can collect benefits to compensate him or her for the financial loss associated with the unexpected injury.
Further, in instances of third party liability, there could be additional compensation available as well. Speaking with an experienced workers' compensation attorney is often of great benefit to an injured worker in pursuing the full compensation they are entitled to following a workplace accident in Huntsville or elsewhere in Alabama.
Source: KnoxvilleBiz.com, "UT app designers win $15,000 prize grand prize," Ed Marcum, Jan. 24, 2013