Business owners in Oklahoma may be wondering how they can prevent accidents in the workplace. After all, in 2016, employers in the U.S. paid out nearly $62 billion on injury claims for employees missing six or more days of work. Private industry employers, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, reported nearly 2.8 million non-fatal workplace injuries in the same year.
Since slip and fall accidents are so common, business owners will want to concentrate on what's on their floors. Matting is especially important for a safe work environment, and there are reasons why. First, mats placed in dry and wet areas alike reduce the risk for slips by providing added traction. Second, mats made from chemical- and grease-resistant rubber can drain water, oil, and other slippery substances whenever there are spills.
The third reason is that heavily cushioned mats reduce the fatigue that results from prolonged standing. They may even prevent lower back and leg pain, cardiovascular problems, pregnancy-related health issues, and other conditions caused by prolonged standing. High-visibility mats, combined with anti-slip tape, can help guide workers in poorly lit areas and also mark out emergency exits, eyewash stations, and high-risk areas. Lastly, anti-static mats prevent electrostatic discharges, which means less risk for shocks and fires.
Those who are injured on the job might have options. They can file for workers' compensation benefits even if they bore some responsibility for the accident. A lawyer could help to calculate the amount the victim is eligible for and file the necessary paperwork. If, however, the employer neglected to meet workplace safety standards or was otherwise reckless, then the victim might be able to bring a civil lawsuit instead of seeking workers' compensation.