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November 2016 Archives

Safety rules for trenching and excavation

The trenching and excavation guidelines established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were established to prevent worker injuries in Oklahoma and the rest of the country from two of the most hazardous construction operations. The guidelines aim to prevent the occurrence of cave-ins, which has been identified as the primary risk associated with trenching and excavation and most likely to result in a worker fatality. The regulations are also intended to prevent incidents involving mobile equipment, falls, falling loads and dangerous atmospheres.

Man denied workers' compensation benefits for work injury

Many Oklahoma employees have desk jobs that require them to sit and fill out forms. While sedentary jobs may not seem hazardous, it is possible to suffer an injury while sitting at a desk. However, people who sustain an injury at their desk will only be allowed to claim workers' compensation benefits if they can prove that the injury arose out of their job duties.

Risky industries for on the job injuries

According to the Department of Labor, last year over three million workers were injured or got sick on a job in the private sector. In Oklahoma, attorneys frequently handle work-related cases including spine, back, brain, neck and leg injuries. These accidents result in lost wages due to unpaid sick leave and medical expenses. The industries where on-the-job injuries most frequently occur might be surprising.

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