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March 2016 Archives

Corporate investigations could affect work injury claims

Minnesota employees who file workers' compensation claims after sustaining injuries on the job may find that their employers or its insurers may subject them to surveillance. In some cases, this may occur in the form of looking at an individual's social media profiles. In other instances, companies or insurers might initiate investigations after receiving tips or begin digging through surveillance footage and other records to find out more about claimants' activities.

Reducing the risks of musculoskeletal disorders

To reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders, Minnesota employers are encouraged to provide ergonomics training to their employees. Examples of MSDs include back strains and carpal tunnel syndrome, and these injuries can result in lost productivity, increased turnover and increased workers compensation costs. There are some common factors that can produce an MSD over time, and the most common one is repetition.

Keeping cranes safe on construction sites

Minnesota construction workers who operate cranes must exercise great care not to cause damage to the crane itself or to surrounding property. While there are no uniform state or federal guidelines related to training crane operators, the equipment goes through periodic inspections. Furthermore, most crane operators on big job sites have gone through training programs offeredthe National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators.

Preventing workplace accidents in Minnesota

Workplaces are all too often a place where injuries occur, and harm suffered at work sites can be severe and debilitating. In some cases, it may be fatal. Along with locations like construction sites and manufacturing plants, even places like hospitals and stores can present dangers. Therefore, it is essential that employers take safety precautions to prevent avoidable injury, such as appropriate training and ensuring that safety regulations are being followed. Additionally, training employees on when to use equipment and going above and beyond the basics to prevent falls may help to reduce the risk of injury.

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