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Winter driving safety

Winter driving can be hazardous for anyone: Snow, wind and ice can all cause unsafe driving conditions.

These concerns are universal, but some of us are fortunate enough to avoid driving in poor conditions. That isn’t always the case for employees who drive for work. Below, we’ve outlined a few safe driving practices that OSHA recommends.

Facts about frostbite

The weather is getting cooler, and for many workers, that means changing up their wardrobe. If your occupation has you working outside after temperatures drop below freezing, staying ahead of frostbite is important, because even mild cases can sideline you for days. Advanced cases can be life threatening, to say nothing of their impact on your ability to earn a livelihood. Here's what you need to know about frostbite before heading out to work this winter.

Mental health and workplace injuries

When you hurt your back or knee, it's relatively easy to get treated. An MRI or X-ray may show your damage, and a doctor can treat you accordingly. This isn't the case with psychological injuries. 

It's easy to forget about mental health because it can't be seen, but workplace injuries can be psychological. These injuries are real, and deserve to be treated the same as any others. 

What is mesothelioma?

Most people are familiar with asbestos. It's one of the first things that comes to mind in regard to workplace hazards. Asbestos was a common material used in insulation and flame retardant materials prior to it being regulated, including being banned in many instances, in 1989.

However, asbestos is still prevalent, and some workers are frequently exposed to asbestos. Even with proper safety gear, asbestos can cause harm to the body. One of the most common issues from long-term asbestos exposure is mesothelioma

What should I do if I'm injured at work?

Any injury is shocking and can be devastating. You're left worrying about your well-being physically and financially.

When you're injured at work and no longer able to perform your job, your worry is likely to be compounded. You're left with questions, and may be wondering what you can do to make sure you recover physically and financially.

Minnesota psychiatric facility fined for failing to protect workers

Employers have a duty to protect their employees from violence. When they fail to do so, they open themselves up to lawsuits or fines.

According to the Star Tribune, the Minnesota Security Hospital, the state's largest psychiatric facility, recently agreed to pay fines for injuries sustained by employees. The injuries occurred from violence by patients at the facility.

On-demand laborers fighting for workers' compensation

We’re going to guess that most people have used an on-demand delivery or ride sharing service. If you haven’t, you certainly know someone who has.

These services offer convenience for consumers, and, in ways, convenience for their workers. However, there are also issues around working for these companies, including a lack of workers’ compensation benefits.

Hearing loss: The most common workplace injury

With the prevalence of hazardously loud machinery in factories and workplaces across the country, it's no small wonder that hearing loss ranks as the most common workplace injury. Unfortunately, many workers tend to overlook the dangers of hearing loss. Similarly, businesses do not always provide appropriate precautions or take proper steps to reduce the risk for workers. An employee needs to know that hearing damage can be a compensable workplace injury in Minnesota.

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