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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.

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.

Meatpacking workers at high risk for injuries

A report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office has brought some needed attention on the safety concerns of meat and poultry plants. It turns out that meatpacking workers tend to have the highest injury rates, yet many of the injuries that take place in this industry go unreported. This should be of interest to workers in Minnesota and across the country.

Companies fined after employee dies on the job

OSHA investigators in Minnesota concluded that a 35-year-old man's death was caused by inadequate fall protection. The man died while working on the Vikings' stadium's north roof face in August 2015 when he fell 50 feet. His employer, Berwald Roofing, was found to be using one guardrail system instead of two when the accident occurred. The company was fined $113,200 for three serious violations in the case.

MSHA response times criticized in DOL report

Minnesota residents may be alarmed to learn that the Mine Safety and Health Administration is sometimes slow to notify mine operators about conditions that could pose an imminent danger to workers. The response times of 6 of the federal agency's 12 coal districts were detailed in a report released by the Department of Labor on Sept. 30, and coal district 9, which covers a large part of the western United States, took 47 minutes on average to relay complaints about hazardous working conditions to mine operators.

Get answers to workers' compensation questions

Workers' compensation is important for those who have been injured on the job. This is especially true in high-risk occupations such as construction, warehouse work and manufacturing. But if you were injured, do you actually have a claim? That's an important question, and one that you may want to answer with the help of a good attorney.

Spate of fatal accidents lead to stepped up mine inspections

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced that safety inspection efforts are being stepped up in Minnesota and around the country. The announcement follows a series of fatal mine and quarry accidents on August 3. A burst silo at a gravel and sand mine in northern Virginia killed a plant operator, a miner working underground at a Nevada facility was struck and killed by mining equipment and a worker lost his life in North Dakota after being engulfed by a stockpile.

Researchers say recycling work is unnecessarily hazardous

Recycling workers in Minnesota work in a dangerous industry, according to a study that was published on June 23 by University of Illinois School of Public Health researchers and other experts. The study found that recycling workers are more than two times more likely to sustain injuries at work than people in other occupations.

OSHA enacts new rules to prevent workplace accidents

Construction workers in Minnesota need to be cognizant of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's new rules for a potential unsafe working environment in confined spaces. Employers will need to determine the possible dangers, find ways to increase safety, train workers to handle the issues, and have a rescue plan in the event of an accident on the job.

Workplace cave-ins preventable

Minnesota workers who have jobs that require them to work in trenches or other excavated areas may want to be aware that a cubic yard of dirt may weigh in excess of 3,000 pounds. This is enough weight to cause a worker fatality through crushing or suffocation. In the 10 years from 2000 through 2009, there were 350 deaths in the U.S. caused by cave-ins and the majority of these deaths were at depths of less than 10 feet. These types of fatal accidents, however, are preventable.

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