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October 2016 Archives

Lawsuit delays OSHA's anti-retaliation rule

Minnesota workers who have been injured while performing their job duties may be affected by the postponed enforcement of an injury and illness record-keeping mandate's anti-retaliation provisions. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has delayed the implementation of the policy until Dec. 1, 2016, to honor the request of a federal judge is who is evaluating a lawsuit filed against the provisions. This is the second delay OSHA has allowed for the anti-retaliation provisions.

Safety practices for tree trimming professionals

The need for tree care in Minnesota can range from simple upkeep at residences to major renovations to protect structures and individuals on public property. The dangers presented by trees can range from the risk of damage to structures from a falling tree to serious fire hazards when branches grow toward power lines. Although some homeowners will attempt their own tree maintenance, there are certain situations in which professional tree care is a must. For example, trimming within 10 feet of power lines should be handled by a trained professional.

OSHA and fall protection

Falls from heights as well as a result of poor working surfaces is a problem on many Minnesota construction sites. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has long had standards dealing with this issue for both the construction and maritime industries. The federal agency also recognizes that this is a problem in other occupations as well, and it proposed a general industry as long ago as 1990. It updated it in 2010 and it has now cleared the final barrier for it to become effective.

Report suggests federal oversight for workers' compensation

Workers in Minnesota and throughout the country risk falling into poverty after they are injured on the job, according to a report issued by the U.S. Labor Department. The federal agency began looking into the plight of injured workers after 10 Democratic lawmakers wrote a letter to it following a Pro Publica and NPR report. The report noted that some injured workers lost homes or were denied treatment or prosthetic devices.

Understanding workplace combustible dust

Dust may seem harmless. However, some types of workplace dust can be dangerous and even deadly, especially if it accumulates inside a manufacturing facility. Because of these potential dangers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has offered tips to help employers in Minnesota and across the country avoid dust-related workplace hazards.

Why are cranes still so dangerous for construction workers?

A construction team was working through the afternoon last week in the small town of Waite Park, near St. Cloud, when they heard a yell and a crash. The crane operator had been attempting to move a light pole when the entire crane tipped over with the worker still inside. His coworkers rushed to his aid and found him with a head injury but still responsive. He was taken to a local hospital and survived. As often happens with these types of accidents, the cause for the accident is unknown.

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