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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.

Reducing digital eyestrain and computer vision syndrome

When Minnesota workers are required to spend long work days staring at a computer, they can suffer from what is known as computer vision syndrome or digital eyestrain. There are a number of symptoms associated with CVS, including blurry vision, headaches and eyestrain. While these symptoms are usually temporary, they can become recurring problems that could continue to worsen over time.

Report says companies lack standards for injury reporting

Minnesota workers may be employed at companies that lack consistent standards for safety and health data collecting and reporting. The Center for Safety and Health Sustainability is an international organization made up of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the United Kingdom's Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering. It released a report in 2013 that examined the companies in the Corporate Knights' Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations that found that the companies lacked consistency in tracking and reporting on safety and health. Its followup report released in 2017 said that there had been little change since then.

Fatal workplace injuries result in jail time and fines

Production incentives for managers may be increasing the risk of workplace accidents for Minnesota employees. Construction is widely understood to be one of the most dangerous industries, and those involved in excavation and trenching take on even more risk. The fatality trend has gone up and led to jail time for at least one supervisor. An official at a risk management firm pointed to three reasons for the increased risk.

How to keep manufacturing workers safe

Minnesota residents who work in the manufacturing sector may face a higher level of danger compared to other workers. According to data from the Department of Labor, there are roughly 10,000 severe injuries that occur in U.S. workplaces each year. The manufacturing sector is responsible for 57 percent of those that result in amputation and 26 percent of the injuries that result in hospitalization.

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.

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