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September 2016 Archives

OSHA report regarding Oklahoma workplace injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released its findings on the severe injury reporting process the agency put in place effective Jan. 1, 2015. Under this system, employers are required to notify OSHA of work-related hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye within 24 hours of the event taking place.

Sleep apnea rule spurs a reaction

Truck drivers and railroad workers in Oklahoma and across the country may soon be required to be screened for obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can produce frequent interruption in breathing while an individual is sleeping. The respiratory condition affects 28 percent of drivers of commercial motor vehicles and can contribute to distraction and diminished functionality when an individual is awake. Such effects can make the resultant impaired driving a safety issue, placing others on the road at risk.

An unsafe work culture can put employees in danger

Oklahoma workers face risks on the job whether they work in offices, factories or at construction sites. To keep them safe, employers need to evaluate the physical risks at their work sites. They should also consider whether the work culture is making a work site less safe and determine whether employees are following all of the relevant safety guidelines.

Companies' valuation linked to workplace injuries

It's probably no surprise to Oklahoma workers who are involved in on-the-job accidents that injuries are going to cost both them and their employers money. Workers across the United States are involved in 3.5 million accidents every year - accidents that cost $250 billion annually.

Workplace safety should be emphasized before accidents happen

According to workplace safety professionals, there is a disturbing trend in many industries; oftentimes, companies place little emphasis on their safety program until the unexpected happens. Experts caution that companies in Oklahoma and throughout the U.S. should make workplace safety a high priority, especially among new employees, and identify any shortcomings in their safety program prior to an accident occurring.

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