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Deaths related to workplace injury increase

Regardless of the emphasis government agencies and employers place on eliminating conditions that could cause a workplace accident, workers in Oklahoma and in other parts of the country remain at risk of suffering an on-the-job injury that could kill them. Workplace fatality figures have now been revised for 2014, and they contain some sobering information.

Reducing workplace accidents with a positive safety culture

Many Oklahoma residents remember the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. It was a human tragedy of enormous magnitude, killing many and condemning an entire region to decades of cancer diagnoses and birth deformities. However, the Chernobyl accident, which occurred due to a total breakdown in safety awareness and responsibility, helped create the concept of "safety culture." Employers that embrace this idea can reduce accidents and save lives in their workplace.

Crystalline silica exposure rules for workers

Oklahoma workers may have heard that a final ruling has been made by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for the protection of those who may be exposed to crystalline silica. One standard applies to the construction industry while there is another that applies to maritime and other occupations.

Investigating workers' compensation fraud

Oklahoma residents may be surprised to learn that workers' compensation fraud is thought to cost the U.S. economy more than $7 billion every year. Insurance companies examine workers' compensation claims closely, and they generally look for warning signs such as claimants with a long history of claims, injuries that go unreported for days, a lack of witnesses to the accident or incident in question and conflicting reports of what transpired. However, there are steps that insurance companies may take that go beyond merely reviewing paperwork.

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