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Aging workforce creates new challenges in workplace safety

Oklahomans who have just turned 65 may not be as inclined to retire as their counterparts from previous generations. Financial pressure or the desire to work has prompted people to stay on the job through their 60s and even 70s. According to the Pew Research Center, 18.8 percent of people age 65 and above held full or part-time jobs in 2016. The physical effects of aging and different communication styles across generations have created challenges for workplace safety managers and trainers.

Workplace safety violations

Oklahoma construction workers may be interested to know that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has identified falls as the leading contributing factor in accidental fatalities on construction sites. In 2015, out of the 937 workplace fatalities that were reported around the country, 350 of them were attributed to falling. In 2017, construction falls are first on OSHA's list of top safety violations.

Understanding the effects of working in hot weather

Oklahoma workers may face dangers related to working in hot weather even as the calendar transitions to fall. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 37 work-related deaths around the country in 2015 related to heat exposure on the job. Of those deaths, 33 occurred between June and September. In addition, there were 2,830 nonfatal injuries and illnesses related to heat exposure.

Proactive safety planning can help cut workplace injuries

Preventing serious injuries and fatalities in the workplace should be an important priority for people concerned about safety on the job in Oklahoma. There are different types of potential injuries that can take place during the work day, and safety advocates are urging a prevention-focused approach to protect workers from dangerous accidents.

Study on the reporting and collection of injury data

Some Oklahoma workers may be interested in a report issued by the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability. According to the Need for Standardized Sustainability Reporting Practices, the regular reporting and collection of information on illnesses, injuries and fatalities by sustainable organizations is insufficient.

Method for repairing water pipes may be hazardous

Oklahoma construction workers who repair water pipes may be interested to learn that a common procedure used to do the repairs may actually release hazardous chemicals into the air. As such, researchers from Purdue University said that the method should be re-evaluated to determine what the risks are for workers, the environment and the public.

The importance of safety procedures in manufacturing

In Oklahoma manufacturing plants, productivity is often seen as one of the highest priorities. However, the plant workers are critical when it comes to a manufacturing plant's productivity as they are responsible for manipulating the machinery and handling a variety of materials. These types of jobs can expose employees to serious injuries.

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