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January 2017 Archives

Reducing injuries on Minnesota construction sites

In 2014, musculoskeletal injuries like sprains and strains cost construction workers around the country about $46 million in lost wages. A report released by the Maryland-based Center for Construction Research and Training suggests that this type of injury is extremely common on construction sites, and overexertion is the most common cause. Minnesota workers can suffer these injuries while bending over to pick up heavy weights or twisting in confined spaces, and the back is the part of the body most often affected.

Did you know many truck drivers' injuries do not involve crashes?

Back in 1995, the number of truck drivers on U.S. roads were almost three million, and that number grows every year. People may be surprised to learn of how many different injuries the operators of big rigs are exposed, outside of those typically caused by crashes. Although workplace injuries entitle most employees to workers' compensation benefits, it can be challenging to prove that many of the injuries suffered by truck drivers are work related.

Beryllium exposure limits lowered by OSHA

Minneapolis workers who are required to be exposed to beryllium, a lightweight metal often used in electronics, should be aware that the Occupational Safety and Health Association updated a rule regarding the amount of exposure that is legally allowed. The standards apply to construction, shipyards and other industries.

How to mitigate injuries after a fall

Minnesota employers should have plans to keep workers safe at all times. A fall arrest system may prevent an employee from suffering serious injury or death when working at heights. However, a worker can still suffer an injury while in the air. This is referred to as suspension trauma, and OSHA regulations say that employers must have a plan to rescue a fallen worker in a prompt manner.

Emerging technology meant to reduce workplace injuries

Minnesota workers in the manufacturing sector put a lot of physical efforts into their jobs. Safety experts know that simple changes in workflow procedures could reduce musculoskeletal injuries caused by repetitive motions, but they have struggled to find easy and reliable methods for identifying risks. An engineering professor funded by grants from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the National Institutes of Health is developing a system to collect video of hand activity during work tasks.

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