Workplace accident victim? Safety violations may be to blame.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently released a list of common safety violations. Oklahoma workers know that unnecessary risks, lack of proper training and safety violations of all kinds increase the risk of a workplace accident and the injury or death of workers. When a worker is injured on the job, it is important to be informed of his or her rights regarding financial benefits, medical care and even legal assistance. 

OSHA has said that one of the leading safety violations includes lack of fall protection measures. Workers who must perform job duties from a certain height should be outfitted with equipment to prevent falls, as well as receive proper training. Enacting safety measures and training workers is the responsibility of all employers, supervisors and job site managers. 

When an Oklahoma worker is injured on the job, he or she has the right to seek compensation for medical expenses and lost wages through workers' compensation benefits. In some cases, a third party may be financially liable for the damages suffered in a workplace accident. When a worker is unsure or his or her options, it is useful to have a knowledgeable lawyer evaluate the case and advise on available options.

It is not always easy to obtain rightful compensation after a workplace accident. Insurance claims can be complex and the amount granted may not be sufficient for all the of the financial needs of the injured worker. When this occurs, a worker can exercise his or her right to seek the counsel of a lawyer who is knowledgeable in the rights of injured workers.

Source: inddist.com, "Fall Protections, Hazard Communications Top List Of Workplace Safety Violations", Andy Szal, Sept. 29, 2015

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