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Workplace Injuries Archives

Possible higher risks for younger workers

Minnesota teens and other younger workers may be at a greater risk for injury than older workers. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports that on-the-job injuries that must be treated in emergency departments are approximately two times higher for workers under 24 than for older workers.

Some dental offices do not have bloodborne exposure plans

Minneapolis dental patients and employees might be interested to learn that 28 percent of privately owned dental practices do not have a written bloodborne pathogens exposure control plan. The Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, which is required by OSHA, is meant to protect health care workers from diseases that are transmitted through contact with blood or other bodily fluids.

Shipyard workers face spray painting dangers

Shipyard workers in Minnesota may face serious dangers due to the spray painting of vessels during construction or maintenance. A new fact sheet released by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) aims to protect shipyard workers from these hazards.

Setting the record straight about machine safety

In 2015, OSHA fined companies in Minnesota and elsewhere $6.8 million for violations of Machine Guard Standard 1910.212. However, employers actually spend more when an employee is injured because other costs such as damaged equipment or defending against lawsuits must also be factored in. Each year, 800 people who maintain or operate machinery die while another 18,000 suffer crushing injuries, lacerations or the possibility of having body parts amputated.

Tips to improve worker safety

Minnesota companies should make worker safety a top priority. Ideally, safety will be a component in every decision that is made throughout the organization and will become a part of the company's culture. When workers are healthy, they are more likely to be productive and efficient.

How to make an effective danger sign

A good safety sign is one that is easy to read and understand. If even a single Minnesota worker does not understand the message the sign is trying to convey, it could put that person and others in danger. Today's technology allows employers to create their own signs with little more than a desktop printer. This means that they no longer have to wait until new ones are delivered to them.

How earnings pressure impacts injury rates

Minnesota residents may be interested to know that research has indicated a link between meeting earnings forecasts and an increased risk of employee injury or illness. A study found that there was a 5 to 15 percent increase in a company's injury/illness rate when it matches or barely exceeds analyst forecasts. This is partially because of the high volume of work employees may face when attempting to meet financial expectations.

AFL-CIO report expresses concern for worker safety

An AFL-CIO report has found that 150 workers died daily in 2015 from work-related injuries or illnesses that were preventable. In all, 4,836 workers died from injuries while between 50,000 and 60,000 died from disease related to their job. Furthermore, workers in Minneapolis and throughout the country are less safe under the Trump administration than they were during the Obama administration, according to the report. The AFL-CIO president said that while the Obama administration had strengthened many enforcement policies and improved workers' rights, those same safety initiatives were now under threat. The report estimated that since the Occupational Safety and Health Act passed in 1970, the lives of more than 550,000 workers have been saved.

Chemical plants and injury prevention

Workers at Minnesota chemical manufacturing plants are exposed to a variety of risks. In order for the workplace to be safe, it is essential that employers develop methods to decrease the chances of accidents occurring and that they have effective fall prevention strategies. Knowing the different types of injuries that can occur and why they happen is key.

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