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April 2017 Archives

Report released on construction worker fatalities

On April 6, the Associated General Contractors of America released a report on construction industry fatalities. The reports contain information that could help keep construction workers in Minnesota and throughout the country safer. For example, one of the findings was that smaller construction firms had a significantly higher rate of fatalities than larger firms. Almost half of all fatalities happened at firms with fewer than 10 employees. This could be because smaller firms lack a comprehensive safety program and drug testing. They may also attract workers with less experience.

Using a stepladder safely at work

At some point, a Minnesota worker may be asked to use a stepladder on the job. Although they seem simple to use, it is possible to suffer injuries if they are not used properly. As such, the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety provided advice to help keep workers safe when using stepladders.

Handle with care: Common workplace dangers of nursing

Many people consider nursing to be one of the highest callings. You spend your days devoting your life to helping care for the sick and injured. Sometimes, though, you focus so hard on taking care of others that you forget to take care of yourself.

Exposure to toxic chemical continues in construction industry

Minnesota workers might like to know about the fate of some safety regulations issued by former President Barack Obama now that there is a new administration. While some have been waiting for new rules concerning silica on construction sites, further delays are on the horizon as President Trump appears poised to review existing and proposed federal regulations.

Substances that are classified as HNOC

In response to the revised Hazard Communication Standard, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has designated a new class of hazards. Workers in Minneapolis companies should be aware that there is a Hazard Not Otherwise Classified category. These are health or physical hazards that are not part of the hazard class or are GHS hazards in a category not yet adopted by OSHA.

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