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.
Employees in Minnesota might benefit from learning more about employers' responsibilities in the workplace according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The standards employers are required to abide by are established under the OSH Act. Any violations cited by OSHA personnel must be corrected within the designated time period. Employers are also required to post the citation near the site of the infraction for at least three days or until the violation has been corrected, whichever is longer.
Representatives from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration were on the scene of a fatal construction accident in Rochester, Minnesota, along with police and ambulance workers. The agency plans to follow up with a formal investigation after a 30-year-old man apparently died of head trauma when a large object fell from a telescopic forklift and hit him.
Minnesota residents might not know what a dangerous job it is to keep the state's electricity running, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration does. Electrical lineworkers install and fix towers, power lines and poles by climbing up structures without safety harnesses, and this "free climbing" tactic will no longer be allowed because of a new federal law that takes effect this month.
A 39-year-old New Carlisle, Ohio, man died on Aug. 6, 2013, after being buried in 8,000 pounds of fly ash while working at a cement plant in Middletown, Ohio. The death was ruled an accident. Earlier that year, 16 people were killed and 160 injured in an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. It had been 13 years since federal safety officials had inspected the cement plant. It also emerged that the Texas fertilizer plant had last been inspected in the 1980s.
Employers have a responsibility to maintain a safe and healthy workplace. They are often guided by the regulations enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The agency makes efforts to ensure that employees are protected, but workplace accidents do happen and sometimes employers disregard safety guidelines.
For the last few years, the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration has made efforts to improve the safety of a risky, but necessary, profession: window washing. Three Minnesota window washers passed away as the result of an on-the-job accident between 2009 and 2011. Unfortunately, one more person recently died after falling while completing a window washing job in St. Cloud.