Oklahoma employees may be interested in learning more about how wearable technology may be able to help improve workplace safety. A new device has been developed that could help warehouse workers avoid throwing out their backs while performing functions necessary for their job. The Bureau of Labor Statistics claims that over 100,000 workplace injuries were attributable to lowering or lifting objects and boxes during 2013. One company has already developed a back brace equipped with technology capable of detecting the muscles being used when the body is attempting to lift an object.
Oklahoma workers whose jobs involve working around hydrogen sulfide should be aware of the risks posed by exposure to the substance. The gas is especially toxic, and exposure to it can result in serious injury and in some cases death.
On Dec. 19 at approximately 1 a.m., an oil rig exploded and burst into flames, according to the state Fire Marshal's Office chief of operations. The oil rig is located around 2 miles west of Coalgate in southeastern Oklahoma and is about 100 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. Two workers were killed in the explosion, and three others suffered injuries.