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November 2016 Archives

Safety in trench and excavation work

Minnesota workers in excavation and trenching are employed in one of the more dangerous subfields of the construction profession. Dangers in excavation and trenching include cave-ins, trench collapses, hazardous atmospheres, falling loads, falls and incidents with mobile equipment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released a fact sheet that has a number of safety tips for people who work in this field.

OSHA advises on keeping construction workers safe from falls

Construction workers' jobs here in Minnesota and elsewhere are hard enough without having to worry about all of the dangers that come along with them. One of those dangers is falling from scaffolding, ledges and other heights. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry.

Improving work conditions for better health and safety

According to research, Minnesota employees may be more likely to stay healthier and safer on the job when their workplace environments improve. This research has driven a shift in the focus of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health away from looking at illness and injury at work and toward looking at ways to prevent those illnesses in the first place.

MSHA response times criticized in DOL report

Minnesota residents may be alarmed to learn that the Mine Safety and Health Administration is sometimes slow to notify mine operators about conditions that could pose an imminent danger to workers. The response times of 6 of the federal agency's 12 coal districts were detailed in a report released by the Department of Labor on Sept. 30, and coal district 9, which covers a large part of the western United States, took 47 minutes on average to relay complaints about hazardous working conditions to mine operators.

Nurses more likely to develop musculoskeletal disorders

Nurses often lift or reposition patients during their day-to-day work. According to the American Nurses Association, the average adult weighs 169 pounds; however, considering the size of the geriatric population and a rapid increase of obese patients, individual weights can range from 90 to almost 400 pounds.

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