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Workers' compensation and the commute to work

Most Oklahoma employees are covered by their employer's workers' compensation insurance, but understanding how coverage works can be confusing. Most accidents or injuries that are job-related are covered, even if they don't happen on the work site. Injuries that happen while a person is traveling for work may be covered, but injuries on the way to work are for the most part not, due to a provision in the law called the going and coming rule.

Workers' compensation insurance in Oklahoma

Employers are generally required to purchase workers' compensation insurance that provides financial benefits to workers who are injured or become sick while on the job. Workers are covered while at their workplaces or performing their duties at another location, but coverage is not extended to those injured in automobile accidents while commuting to or from their places of employment.

OSHA enacts anti-retaliation rules

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has instituted electronic reporting regulations for submitting sickness and injury information. OHSA will publicize some of the information on its website in order to promote safety in the workplace. The regulations include three provisions that task certain employers with complying with anti-retaliation rules. Oklahoma workers should be aware that they have the right to provide information about workplace injuries or safety violations without fearing retaliation.

Dangers of exposure to welding fumes

Welders on Oklahoma job sites need to be aware of the types of toxic fumes to which they may be exposed during the course of their duties. Both pressure and fusion welding produce smoke that contains potentially harmful gas byproducts and metal fumes. Metals contained in the fumes include arsenic, aluminum, lead, manganese and beryllium. Gas byproducts contained in the smoke include carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, hydrogen fluoride, nitrogen and argon.

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