Employers in Oklahoma and across the country must provide employees with work environments that are free of known hazards. Federal law mandates that employers must address any dangers that threaten the health and safety of workers. Furthermore, employees are entitled to speak up and report workplace injuries or unsafe conditions and near misses without fearing retaliation.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, compliance with safety standards can prevent almost all workplace accidents. Unfortunately, many employers in Oklahoma and elsewhere do not realize that every workplace injury can adversely affect morale, productivity and insurance premiums while also risking OSHA fines. Safety authorities say four hazards cause the most prevalent work-related injuries.
Oklahoma employers are responsible for the safety and health of employees. They must provide safe work environments that are free of known hazards. Yet, despite strict safety standards, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that over 80% of nonfatal workplace injuries nationwide are made up of three preventable work-related accidents. These are bodily reactions to overexertion, falls caused by slips and trips, and struck-by or caught-in injuries caused by contact with equipment or objects.