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Workers’ compensation and safety training are both necessary

Working in the oil fields on the North Slope of Alaska comes with inherent risks as do many field jobs in the energy industry. Proper safety procedures and precautions can help reduce the risks and help ensure that workers get home safely. Energy companies across the state are introducing new training methods to try to improve the safety of workers. In the event of an accident, workers’ compensation insurance requires that the accident be reported.

Even minor injuries are considered events that need to be reported to one’s employer. This can include a broken finger or toe, chipped tooth or a cut that requires stitches. This is according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. While an injury may appear to be minor, there is a chance for infection or other complications if the issue is not promptly and properly addressed.

One company has gone so far as to request that work be paused or stopped if someone reports a possible risk. The idea is that the risk can be negated by implementing a safer way to carry out the task. The company feels that people doing the work may find a safer way to do the job when they are actively involved and empowered to protect themselves and those around them.

No matter how careful a worker is, or how well-trained he or she may be on safety procedures, accidents can still happen that can result in serious injuries. If a person in Alaska has suffered a work-related injury and is unsure of one’s rights under workers’ compensation law, a consult with an experienced attorney could be helpful. A lawyer can review the circumstances surrounding the injury and advise the client as to what legal options may be available.