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April 2016 Archives

Number of fatal workplace injuries went up in 2014

The annual total of fatal work injuries in the United States went up slightly in 2014, according to the 2014 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. There were 4,821 fatal work injuries in 2014, a figure that includes several Minnesota fatalities and which equates to 3.4 fatal work injuries for every 100,000 full-time employees. The fatal work injury rate in 2013 was 3.3 for every 100,000 full-time employees.

Promoting electrical safety at work

Minnesota business owners may have heard about the non-profit organization, the Electrical Safety Foundation International, which promotes electrical safety solutions in the workplace, home and community. Since many workplace accidents are related to electricity, business operators may benefit from what the organization has to offer.

New OSHA rule about crystalline silica

Exposure to crystalline silica is a major health hazard for many workers in Minnesota. Breathing crystalline silica into the lungs can cause workers to suffer from a disease called silicosis. Crystalline silica exposure can also lead to lung cancer, kidney disease and obstructive pulmonary disease. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimates that around 2.3 million workers in the United States are regularly exposed to silica dust on the job, most of whom are in the construction industry.

Communication tower workers and safety issues

As more data and cellular towers are being erected in Minnesota and around the U.S., the need to address safety issues for those who work on them is increasing. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Federal Communications Commission are seeking to find ways to keep tower climbers more safe.

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