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Solo worker safety an issue for employers

Workers in Oklahoma who are consistently isolated from their colleagues are classified as "lone workers," and it has been found that these employees may be at higher risk of workplace accidents and injuries. Those who are often placed in isolation, especially when they work in large areas like a warehouse with few others around, may not have the means to alert their co-workers if they are injured. Further, co-workers may not be trained in what to do immediately if a fellow employee does suffer an injury.

These facts mean that a work accident may be more serious for a "lone worker" than for other employees. This is especially true for certain industries, such as utilities, maintenance, agriculture and construction. There are ways, however, that employers can reduce the danger and make the workplace safer for everyone.

Experts advise that employers can take precautions such as ensuring that all workers have access to adequate warning signals to let others know when they are in danger. Further, workers can be trained to respond quickly and effectively to an accident when one does take place. Moreover, employers can institute policies that require supervisors to check on workers frequently when they are performing isolated tasks and to require workers to check in with their supervisors periodically or when they finish their work.

When it comes to workplace safety, employers are required to maintain a healthy and safe work environment. Even after taking all precautions, however, on-the-job accidents can and do occur. Most employers are required to provide workers' compensation coverage for their employees, and an attorney can often assist an injured worker in preparing and filing a claim for benefits.

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