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December 2016 Archives

Protecting older workers in Minnesota workplaces

More and more, the number of employees aged 55 and older are increasing in workplaces around the country. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers of this age group represented nearly a fifth of the workforce in 2010, and by 2024, the amount could increase to a nearly 25 percent. Besides the fact people are living longer, the increase could be attributed to retirement financial worries.

The rights of injured nurses and health care professionals

As a nurse, you dedicate your time, effort and entire career to the care and treatment of others who are injured or ill. Working in the health care industry comes with many risks, and if you are hurt on the job, it is important to know your rights. Injured nurses have a rightful claim to workers' compensation benefits and medical care.

How to reduce safety risks in the workplace

Although there have been fewer illnesses and injuries in workplaces over the past several years, Minnesota workers may be shocked to learn that there have been more fatalities. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries shows that 4,821 workers around the country suffered fatal injuries on the job in 2014. The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that this is the highest number of deaths since 2008. However, there are some steps that employers can take to reduce these risks.

Companies fined after employee dies on the job

OSHA investigators in Minnesota concluded that a 35-year-old man's death was caused by inadequate fall protection. The man died while working on the Vikings' stadium's north roof face in August 2015 when he fell 50 feet. His employer, Berwald Roofing, was found to be using one guardrail system instead of two when the accident occurred. The company was fined $113,200 for three serious violations in the case.

The dangers relating to hot work

Minneapolis employees who use spark or fire-producing tools to perform hot work, such as soldering, cutting, grinding, brazing, welding and burning, face many dangers on a daily basis. Whenever hot work takes place, there is the danger of a fire or explosion if a spark encounters combustible materials or flammable vapors. To reduce the risk of an accumulation of flammable gases, which can result in serious burn injuries to employees, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration advises the use of gas detectors to monitor hot work areas. If combustible or flammable gas surpasses 10 percent of its lower explosive limit, work should immediately cease.

Preventing serious injuries on TV and movie sets

TV shows and movies filmed in Minnesota and other states have seen an increase in serious on-set accidents, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Despite celebrity endorsements of an OSHA safety awareness campaign, accident reports doubled from 2014 to 2015. Financial restraints are believed to be the reason for the safety risks. The campaign was started by the family of a 27-year-old camera assistant who was killed while filming a movie in 2014.

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