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.
Minnesota construction workers may be surprised to learn that a method of repairing water pipes that was once considered safe may actually result in toxic materials being thrown into the air. This was the finding of Purdue University researchers who studied seven sites that used the cured-in-place pipe method. It was once thought that plumes released during the CIPP process contained harmless water vapor.
A large majority of companies in Minnesota and across the United States see public disclosure as important to improving safety on the job. The results of a survey carried out by a provider of operational software and information services show that more than three-quarters of respondents see public disclosure as positive for workplace safety initiatives.
Technological improvements in healthcare are expected to yield recovery improvements in even the worst workplace injuries. A presentation on wearable technologies shared both current and future applications expected in the field. A major topic of relevance to Minneapolis employees seeking workers' compensation was how these wearable technologies coincide with the needs of those who have experienced catastrophic and chronic injuries.
Minnesota residents may not be surprised to learn that severe work-related injuries are more common in hazardous workplaces like sawmills, steel manufacturing facilities and automobile assembly plants, but they may not know that workers in the poultry processing industry are even more likely to require hospitalization or lose a limb or an eye than their counterparts in these seemingly more hazardous fields. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration collects severe injury reports from employers around the country, and researchers from the National Employment Law Project have relied on this data to come up with a list of the nation's most dangerous jobs.
Falls from heights form a significant percentage of the annual death toll in the U.S. workforce, including in Minnesota. If your job involves working at extreme heights, your life is in jeopardy every day. Did you know that the fall protection you wear to save your life could also cause your death?
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.
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.
The number of construction workers and accidents involving them are both at their highest levels since 2008. About three-quarters of construction firms state that they plan to hire new employees in 2017. The pay for construction work has risen with its increased demand.
Hospital workers, especially nurses, are extremely valuable employees, but due to the nature of their jobs, they may face a higher risk of injury than people who are employed in other industries. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, hospitals report injuries at a rate almost twice as high as private industry as a whole.