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June 2016 Archives

Common hazards faced by health care workers

Health care workers in Oklahoma hospitals face numerous workplace hazards every day. Staff members that work directly with patients are particularly prone to workplace injuries and illnesses. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, hospital workers in the United States reported about 253,700 work-related injuries and illnesses in 2011.

OSHA reminds employers of the dangers of heat in the workplace

It's no secret that summer temperatures in Oklahoma and across the nation can get pretty high. That's why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration initiates a campaign each year designed to educate employers and outdoor workers about the dangers of heat-related injuries and illnesses. Data compiled by the agency reveals that heat stroke claimed the lives of 18 American workers in 2014, and a further 2,630 suffered some sort heat-related illness that year.

Opioid prescriptions decline for injured workers in Oklahoma

After analyzing the data from approximately 1.9 million prescriptions linked to more than 337,000 nonsurgical workers' compensation claims across 25 states, the Workers Compensation Research Institute calculated a drop in the amount of opioids prescribed to workers in Oklahoma and several other states. The study compared 24-month periods ending in March 2012 and March 2014, respectively. Oklahoma experienced a nearly 30 percent drop between the former period and the latter one.

Teens new to workforce at risk for work-related injuries

Many Oklahoma teenagers take summer jobs so that they can earn their own money. For teens who are new to the workforce, however, taking on a first job can be difficult. They may feel required to complete every task that they're assigned, even if there's a significant risk of injury.

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