Regardless of how effective the safety protocols of any Oklahoma business are, accidents will happen. Some types of workplace injuries are more common than others, and compliance with the guidelines and regulations set out by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration might limit occurrences. An effective near-miss report system might also keep workers out of the hospital.
Overexertion and repetitive stress injuries cause some of the most frequently reported work-related injuries. Pushing, pulling, carrying, lifting, throwing and holding objects of varying weights, shapes and sizes often lead to overexertion, especially when workers do not take frequent breaks. The lack of rest periods can also cause repetitive stress when workers repeat similar motions for hours on end. These injuries can cause long-term health consequences.
Same-level falls and falls from heights make up a significant percentage of on-the-job injuries. Negligent housekeeping can cause wet, slippery areas and random object and debris can create trip hazards. Furthermore, the lack of personal protective equipment and fall prevention devices such as guardrails lead to many falls from heights. Falling objects are threats in any environment, from construction sites where tools are often dropped from scaffolds to office storerooms and warehouses where negligently stacked objects can fall from shelves or pallets.
Employees in all industries in Oklahoma might find comfort in knowing that the state-regulated workers' compensation system will have their backs if they should suffer workplace injuries. However, navigating the claims process could be challenging, especially for workers who battle to overcome severe injuries. For that reason, many seek the support and guidance of an experienced workers' compensation attorney to help them obtain benefits to cover medical expenses and lost wages.