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January 2018 Archives

Workplace fatalities rise for the third consecutive year

Minnesota employees should be concerned that the number of workers killed while on the job around the country increased by an alarming 7 percent to 5,190 in 2016 according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That figure makes 2016 the deadliest year for American workers since 2008, and the BLS reports that workplace fatalities have now increased for three consecutive years. Transportation accidents and workplace violence remain the two most common causes, accounting for 40 and 23 percent of the fatalities respectively.

Accidents away from a job site might still be work related

Although Minnesota residents might feel that their daily commute to and from work counts as part of their job, workers' compensation policies consider it personal time. This is often referred to as the "going and coming rule", and accidents during a commute will not qualify as work-related. Exceptions to this rule exist, and they could allow a worker to access benefits even if the injury happens away from the normal job location.

Film company cited by OSHA after stuntman death

TV fans in Minnesota might have heard about the tragic accident that occurred on the set of 'The Walking Dead" that claimed the life of a professional stuntman. The 33-year-old man was killed in July 2017 after he fell while filming a scene. The film company in charge of production has recently been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for failing to provide adequate fall protection.

Will the Minnesota snow put you in a hospital bed this winter?

Do you live and work in Minnesota? Then you likely know that this state is one of the coldest U.S. states every winter. With the cold comes multiple workplace hazards. While snow poses a significant fall risk, even work environments that are snow-free see more falls in winter. This is because the cold weather can drain your energy and reduce blood circulation, causing your feet to lose sensation and prevent your toes from maintaining your balance.

Workers afraid to report poultry, meat processing injuries

According to the Government Accountability Office, poultry and meat processing is one of the most dangerous occupations for workers in Minnesota and other states across the nation. A GAO report released in January 2018 indicates that workers in the industry commonly face hazards such as cuts, amputations and repetitive motion injuries, as well as respiratory illnesses from an antimicrobial chemical that is sprayed on the meat during processing. Some workers also report that they often are not allowed access to bathroom facilities, which could lead to kidney and other health problems.

Alliance aims to keep female workers safe on the job

Construction workers in Minnesota and elsewhere may face safety hazards whenever they go to work. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has aligned itself with the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) to focus on ways to make construction work safer for females. They will focus in tandem on ways to resolve issues related to workplace violence and sanitation on job sites.

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