For some Minnesota employees, lifting heavy objects or materials is a required task. However, in 2001, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that approximately 36 percent of all injuries that resulted in missing workdays were caused by pain in the shoulders and back. Many of these injuries occurred when employees overexerted their back and shoulder muscles when attempting to lift heavy objects or after lifting heavy objects on a routine basis using improper techniques.
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.
Thousands of Minnesotans rely on the highway to get to work every day. In order for the roads to be clear and safe, during summer or winter, there are several public employees who work to make this possible. Unfortunately, highway maintenance can be a dangerous job.
Workplace safety agencies can play an important role in spotting trends in accident data and implementing changes in regulations designed to protect workers. In order for safety guidelines to be completely effective, employers must also be willing to comply with the established rules.