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February 2018 Archives

Black lung still a serious problem for coal workers

Although Minnesota has no real history of coal mining, some people might be interested in an alarming report from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Cases of black lung disease, which dropped to all-time low numbers in the late 20th century, have increased sharply in the past few years.

Sulfur dioxide can pose a danger on the job

Sulfur dioxide is generated in a number of industrial environments where Minnesota employees work on a daily basis. Combustion of fossil fuels produces around 75 to 85 percent of all sulfur dioxide emissions. However, the substance is also produced through chemical manufacturing during the bleaching of wood pulp and paper, through the bleaching and disinfecting of food products, during wastewater treatment in metal and ore refining industries, and in oil refining. Sulfur dioxide is a major contributor to air pollution and can pose a danger when workers are exposed to the substance while on the job.

Silica dust safety violations face increased fines

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor, or OSHA, has increased the penalties for construction contractors who fail to uphold safety standards for dealing with silica in Minnesota and across the country. In January, OSHA changed the fine structure that companies will deal with if they do not abide by the safety standards drafted in 2013 for handling crystalline silica.

Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome the office boogeyman?

Are you working in the technology industry in Minnesota, typing away on your computer keyboard for hours on end every day? Then you might soon notice the first signs of a painful and debilitating repetitive motion injury. Repeating the same motions over and over again can cause overexertion of the affected joints and other areas of your body until the physical strain becomes too much. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a repetitive strain injury that is prevalent in your field of employment.

Preventing cold stress at an outdoor workplace

Minnesota workers in cold, wet environments are liable to suffer from a condition known as cold stress, where the body grows so cold that it becomes unable to produce heat. The most well-known, as well as the most deadly, form of cold stress is hypothermia, but there are also frostbite and trench foot for outdoor workers to watch out for.

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