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February 2017 Archives

Back injuries are a big deal

A job-related back injury can happen for a number of reasons. Regardless of how your injury occurred, a back injury can compromise your ability to do your job well, move without pain and continue in the same line of employment. Do not dismiss your back injury as something that will resolve itself over time, but secure the help you need to ensure you get necessary medical care and time to recover.

Video: Client Testimonial - Reggie

Not every legal issue should progress to a courtroom battle. By the same token, however, initial setbacks do not have to be the final word. Having an attorney that understands that distinction -- when to pursue settlement negotiations or prepare for trial -- is essential to protecting a client's rights. The Law Office of David M. Bialke can do just that.

Ladder safety

Some Minnesota employees often have to use ladders to complete their tasks below them. However, they should make sure that the ladders they use have gates instead of chains as a protective mechanism against falling.

Using scissor lifts

Scissor lifts can cause significant and sometimes fatal injuries if they are not used properly. Workers in Minnesota as well as their employers may benefit from tips regarding the proper usage of this type of industrial equipment.

Possible workers' comp changes for 2017

Minnesota employees may have heard that in 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor had recommended revamping the workers' compensation system around the country. However, with the fact that the Trump presidency wants to reduce government involvement, those plans will likely be delayed. Some have even speculated that the system could be significantly impacted if the Affordable Care Act is repealed or replaced.

OSHA addresses drug testing and incentive programs

Employers in Minnesota and around the country may wish to revisit their company policies dealing with drug testing, incentive programs and accident and injury reporting in light of a rule that OSHA began enforcing on Dec. 1, 2016. The federal agency relies on the timely and accurate reporting of injury data to develop regulations and programs to keep America's workers safe, but some companies have policies in place that punish workers who report injuries or encourage them to remain silent after workplace accidents.

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