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Safely lifting workers in warehouse environments

Minnesota workers may need certain types of tools, equipment and training in order to do their jobs safely. In one warehouse accident that resulted in a fatality investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a man was standing on a pallet raised by a forklift. This was common practice in this workplace in order to reach high shelves. The man fell 7 feet to the concrete floor and subsequently died.

Dealing with a natural disaster as a business

Although Minnesota businesses were not at risk, Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma were major reminders that employers have certain legal obligations to employees when natural disasters occur. As such, employers are responsible for having a plan in place when natural disasters could occur.

The nursing profession grows more perilous

When people in Minnesota think of workers with dangerous jobs, they usually list roofers, loggers or police officers, among others. It is not likely that nurses come to mind. Nevertheless, the nursing profession is quickly rising as one of the most hazardous jobs in the country. As a professional nurse, you are probably quick to agree with that assessment.

Understanding just how important worker safety is

Warehouses and distribution centers are important components of business supply chains. However, they may also pose a variety of risks to those who work in such settings. Minnesota loading dock workers could be vulnerable to falling or being victims of forklift accidents. Those who work from heights may also be vulnerable to falls, and some warehouses and other similar facilities use pit areas to minimize the impact of a fall.

How employers can help prevent injuries or fatalities

While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has a system for recording events in the workplace that could result in a serious injury or fatality, there are potentially dangerous events that occur that are never reported. These often include near-misses that could have resulted in serious harm. However, because the event went unreported, employers miss the opportunity to fix the situation and potentially prevent future accidents.

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