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Explosion and oil rig fire in Oklahoma kills 2, injures 3

On Dec. 19 at approximately 1 a.m., an oil rig exploded and burst into flames, according to the state Fire Marshal's Office chief of operations. The oil rig is located around 2 miles west of Coalgate in southeastern Oklahoma and is about 100 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. Two workers were killed in the explosion, and three others suffered injuries.

Agriculture workers at risk for serious injuries

Along with construction, agriculture is one of the most dangerous industries for workers, reportedly. In 2012, authorities estimated that the agriculture industry employed more than 1,850,000 workers, approximately half of whom were under the age of 20. Those in Oklahoma may be intrigued to hear that many workers in the industry are at risk for suffering injuries or even death.

Reducing workplace accidents

Oklahoma workers may be familiar with the various types of accidents that can occur in the workplace. According to data provided by the Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, the top five causes of workplace injuries in 2010 were overexertion, falls on the same level, bodily reactions, falls to lower levels and being struck by objects. These injuries constituted approximately 73 percent of costs associated with workplace injuries. It may be possible to minimize the occurrence of these and other workplace accidents by instituting some basic safety procedures.

Using proper lifting techniques key to moving heavy objects

All Oklahoma workers, from those employed in offices to those who work in factories, should know how to bend and lift properly when moving objects. Using the proper techniques can cut down on workplace injuries, the U.S. Occupational and Safety Health Administration says. Even something seemingly as easy as picking up a pen or screwdriver from the floor can cause the same injuries as picking up heavy objects, the agency notes.

Employees injured by work explosion

Two employees in Oklahoma were injured by a workplace explosion that occurred on Nov. 20. The accident happened at around 3:20 p.m. at the DCP straight compressor station located at County Rd. 7 and mile 32N by Guymon. One of the workers on-site told emergency response crews that four employees were at the location when the building housing the drying operations exploded without notice. Two of the employees inside the building were able to escape through an exit when the eruption began.

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