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Workplace Injuries Archives

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.

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.

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.

Loading dock safety

Minnesota dock workers should be aware of the dock loading requirements established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Of particular importance is knowing when a loading dock requires a guardrail and the situations in which a visual barrier is appropriate.

How workers can prevent injuries and illness in winter

Working outdoors in the winter, especially in Minnesota, is a potentially life-threatening task. Most injuries and illnesses that arise in the winter are the result of the interplay between three things: Air temperature, wind, and the moisture from snow, ice or perspiration. It is moisture that both employers and employees should watch out for.

Preventing slips and falls with proper matting

If an employee slips or trips on a workplace floor, it could result in significant injuries. That may cost Minnesota employers and others a significant amount of money. Specifically, American employers lost $62 billion from injuries that caused workers to miss six or more days of work. However, the use of floor mats may make it safer for workers to walk or do their jobs in general without getting hurt.

New OSHA rules seek to protect construction workers from silica

Dust is a fact of life at construction sites in Minnesota, but breathable dust from crystalline silica presents a significant hazard to workers' health. New rules from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration place strong requirements upon employers to reduce exposure and educate workers about the dangers of breathing silica dust.

Ensuring that clothing protects against workplace injuries

Minnesota electricians may be some of the estimated 2,000 individuals who annually suffer serious arc flash injuries, which occur when people work on energized electrical units without proper protective clothing. Of the injured individuals, it is estimated that 400 become burned so severely that they do not survive.

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