It is not uncommon for employers to provide safety protections against falling hazards and exposure to dangerous materials but to fail to take into account for the potential dangers of long-term exposure to vibrations. While vibrations from equipment, such as saws, sanders, chipping hammers and other power tools may seem innocuous, they can lead to a number of medical conditions.
Workers across many industry sectors are injured in fall accidents while on the job every year. A 2009 review of statistics done by the Bureau of Labor Statistics points to the significance of fall injury accidents. According to the report, 212,760 workers were seriously injured and 605 died as a result of falling either on the same level or to a level below during that year.
Minnesota residents who become injured on the job may not be aware that some workplace injuries are much more common than others. Some victims of workplace injuries wonder if their accidents could have been prevented with greater oversight by their supervisors or other management at their companies.
Injuries sustained while at work can have tremendous impacts on the livelihoods of workers in Minnesota. Receiving emergency medical attention after a serious workplace accident is only the first step in a process that can also require doctor's appointments, therapy, and treatments that can keep an employee off the job for days, weeks or even months. While workers' compensation insurance may be available, getting those claims filed is sometimes difficult.
On Aug. 16, a worker was injured while working on a zip line at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. The workplace injury occurred while the employee was working at the Nickelodeon Universe indoor amusement park. At about 11:15 a.m., a piece of equipment on the east platform of the Barnacle Blast ride caused injuries to the employee.
Workers' compensation carriers set their premiums based on the risk of injury on a particular job. High risk means high premiums for employers, and workers are often left without ample benefits to assist in recovery if they are injured on the job.
When Minneapolis city officials unveiled a new single-sort recycling program, one of the primary motivations was likely to increase participation among residents. After initially rolling out the new program in November 2012, it has been successful in multiple ways so far. Not only is participation in recycling on the rise, but solid waste workers have been suffered fewer injuries this winter as compared to last.