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December 2016 Archives

Safety matters for an aging workforce

While experience can come with age, Oklahoma employers must also consider the challenges of hiring elderly workers for certain types of tasks. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 25 percent of the workforce will be at least 55 years of age in 2024. As people continue to work during their golden years, they certainly bring the benefit of experience to the table.

What employees must do when injured on the job

With only a few exceptions, employees who are hired and subsequently injured while on the job in Oklahoma are covered by the state's workers' compensation laws. Under these laws, employers are protected from certain liability lawsuits, and workers have the right to receive benefits for compensable injuries and related disabilities in turn. However, workers' compensation laws are complex, and injured employees may want to better understand what they must do following a workplace accident or diagnosis of an occupational disease in order to keep their rights intact.

Truckers miss more work days due to illness, injury

In August 2016, an Occupational Health and Safety Administration regulation went into effect that requires certain employers to submit on-the-job injury and illness information electronically. Although it generally applies to employers who have at least 250 employees, companies in specific high-risk industries that employ a minimum of 20 workers are also affected by the ruling. Residents of Oklahoma and other states across the nation may be interested in knowing that certain general and freight trucking companies fall within the group of high-risk industries that must comply with the requirements of the regulation.

On-set injury reports increase, some cases go unreported

Entertainment insiders have indicated that safety risks are increasing on TV and film sets. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has also received more reports of serious accidents on sets since 2014. This increase might be a surprise to Oklahoma movie fans, because the industry promised to improve safety awareness after the deadly crash on the film set of "Midnight Rider".

OSHA's new rules for working and walking surfaces

Employees in Oklahoma and across the United States who face hazards due to walking and working surfaces can expect to see safety improvements in the workplace by 2017, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The agency announced in November that it will publish its updated final rule on general industry safety standards for walking and working surfaces

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