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Typical workplace injuries that lead to benefits claims

Oklahoma, like other states, requires employers to carry workers' compensation insurance. Victims of workplace injuries can typically claim benefits to cover doctors' bills, hospital stays, physical therapy and other medical expenses. Compensation is usually also available for a portion of lost wages, along with vocational rehabilitation for those whose injuries caused disabilities that prevent them from returning to their usual occupations.

Workplace injuries happen despite automated loading dock safety

Loading docks are known to be hazardous areas. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says statistical evidence indicates that some of the most significant hazards in loading docks nationwide, including in Oklahoma, involve forklifts -- with an estimated fatality every three days. However, safety authorities say that advanced technology to reduce the number of workplace injuries is being introduced all the time.

5 oil rig workers suffer fatal workplace injuries in rig fire

All operations that involve oil and gas extraction are dangerous, and only employers who maintain zero-tolerance safety protocols can protect employees from harm. Workplace injuries are prevalent in this industry in Oklahoma and other states, and many lives have been lost due to safety violations. The latest oil rig explosion is under investigation by state and federal investigators.

Workplace injuries: Severity does not cause benefits eligibility

Most Oklahoma workers know that they will be entitled to workers' compensation benefits if they should be injured on the job. However, some may think that the severity of workplace injuries determine eligibility for benefits. This is not true, and any illness or injury that is work-related and suffered while an employee was on duty, sober and not taking part in horse-play is typically compensable.

Asbestos removal contractor suffers workplace injuries in fall

Construction workers in Oklahoma face multiple hazards whenever they are on building sites. Scaffolding is particularly dangerous, and a significant number of workplace injuries result from collapses and other defects in scaffold structures. The fire department of Tulsa reported a recent incident in which a construction worker was injured.

Serious workplace injuries caused by overhead power line

Construction company owners in Oklahoma are responsible for the health and safety of their employees. This is no easy task, considering the many safety hazards with which construction workers have to deal. If employers fail to provide comprehensive safety training to ensure workers are aware of the dangers, workplace injuries will occur.

Concern over the numbers of farm-related workplace injuries

Farms and ranches are great places to live or work, but the risks farmworkers face must not be ignored. Some of the safety hazards they encounter are not present in any other workplace. Authorities say farm-related workplace injuries caused the deaths of more than 400 people in 2015 nationwide, including in Oklahoma.

Workplace injuries: The hazards of road construction zones

Road construction zones in Oklahoma and other states will always be hazardous areas. This was underscored again when two workers were struck by cars moving through construction zones in another state. The accidents occurred within three days of one another. It is not only the heavy equipment that these workers use that pose risks of workplace injuries but also the vehicles that travel through the areas.

New silica rule may reduce workplace injuries on the oil fields

In June 2018, the new Occupational Safety and Health Administration silica rules will become effective for pressure pumpers and exploration and production companies in the oil and gas industry. Until then, employees in the Oklahoma oil fields will remain exposed to respirable crystalline silica in dangerous levels that can cause severe workplace injuries to lungs and kidneys. From that date forward, the allowed exposure limit will be drastically reduced.

Workplace injuries: Hearing loss develops over time

Some industries are known for exposing workers to excessive noise levels. Hearing loss is similar to workplace injuries caused by repetitive stress in that it develops over time -- victims are often unaware of the problem until it gets severe. Oklahoma employers are responsible for protecting employees from harm by complying with the regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and providing the appropriate protective equipment.

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