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March 2018 Archives

Construction industry may benefit from new safety tech

Construction workers in Minnesota are exposed to dangers at the work site day after day. Each year, an average of 1 in 10 construction workers is injured. The year 2015 saw a seven-year high in fatalities in the private construction industry with 937 workers losing their lives in the U.S. Preventing accidents has become a little easier, though, with the help of new technology.

Workplace safety a focus in entertainment industry

While many people may associate the entertainment industry with exciting and glamorous tasks, the reality can involve serious physical labor as well as the potential for major workplace injuries and damaging accidents. Many workers in the entertainment industry are injured on the job due to electrical issues, falls and other hazards that are commonly found in theaters, concert venues and on movie sets. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is renewing an alliance with several major organizations in the industry in order to help address the potential for workplace accidents and improve safety for wokers in the industry.

Balancing worker safety on anchor points

Minnesota workers in construction industries are often at risk of workplace accidents and injuries associated with falls. Due to the danger of elevated work spaces, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has created standards for anchor points that serve as fall arrest systems for workers on the job. Many believe that these rules require each anchor point to support 5,000 pounds per employee attached to the point. However, the actual regulation requires something slightly different.

Paramedics risk long-term harm to save the lives of others

If you are a paramedic in Minnesota, you are one of a special group of people who put their lives on the line to save others every day. Furthermore, you likely encounter situations that can have a long-term effect on your physical and mental health. Paramedics face occupational hazards that are unique to their jobs.

Former OSHA official favors enforcement over voluntary programs

Many workers in Minnesota rely on the standards imposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on employers. The safety agency's former assistant secretary of labor, who served from 2009 to 2017, informed the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections that OSHA should apply its limited resources to enforcement instead of Voluntary Protection Programs.

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