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Prevention might be better than cure for workplace injuries

Workers in all industries are exposed to safety hazards, regardless of whether they work in offices, grocery stores or construction sites. Some risks are universal, and many employees in Oklahoma might not realize that they can ask their employer to arrange or provide safety training. Knowing how to cope with different safety hazards can benefit both employer and employee, and if training occurs at frequent intervals, the complacency that can cause workplace injuries can be avoided.

Ergonomics play an important role in every occupation. It involves the ease and comfort of job-related movements -- particularly those that are strenuous or repetitive. Ergonomic changes can be made to workstations to suit the employee. It can prevent physical problems, such as those that can develop in line workers who repeat the same motions in production lines or data capturers who type on keyboards or manipulate a mouse for hours on end.

Cleanliness is another aspect that is essential to prevent occupational injuries and illnesses. The lack of attention to this hazard can cause slip-and-fall accidents if spills are not cleaned up immediately. Furthermore, debris, snaking electric cords on the floor and randomly placed objects can cause trip-and-fall incidents. Such a fall accident can have devastating consequences if the victim's head strikes a hard surface.

Employees in Oklahoma might find comfort in the knowledge that the state's workers' compensation insurance program will provide financial assistance in the event of them suffering workplace injuries. Although the benefits typically cover all medical expenses, lost wages are only partially covered. For that reason, prevention might be better than cure, but an experienced workers' compensation attorney can help an injured worker to pursue maximum benefits.

Source:, "3 Ways to Keep Yourself From Sustaining An Injury At Work", Accessed on April 27, 2018

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