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Facts about Workers’ Compensation in Minnesota

Most people who work in Minnesota are covered by workers’ compensation insurance. When a worker is hurt, it is important that he or she understands the rights afforded by this insurance. According to the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry, all employers are required to have insurance either through the state’s workers’ compensation program or another approved program that provides for employees who are hurt on the job.

Insurance of this type should cover lost wages and medical expenses for the worker. Individuals may also be able to get coverage for rehabilitation and training needed to be able to return to work. Injuries covered are any that are caused or aggravated by regular work activities and can include those caused by an accident or repetitive injuries caused over time.

Did you suffer a serious electric shock at work?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics keeps track of statistics related to electric injuries, and the numbers indicate that 97 percent of the one million electricians in North America have suffered some kind of electric shock or injury. You do not have to be in this line of work, though, to receive a similar injury. You could have been performing a simple maintenance chore or changing a light bulb in the office when you received a shock because of faulty wiring or touching equipment that had not been de-energized.

OSHA keeps close tabs on protecting workers from such injuries, and employers are required to adhere to general rules for controlling hazardous energy. Learn more about electric shock injuries.

Road construction workers beware as projects kick off in MN

With winter behind us, Minnesotans are coming out of hibernation to enjoy the warmer, sunnier weather of spring. Or, as some people often refer to this time of year, road construction season.

Across the state, hundreds of road construction projects have already been kicked off, which will likely make spring and summer road trips longer and more frustrating for motorists. The significant number and scope of projects might also make those who are working on the projects a little uneasy. In order to keep everyone as safe as possible, drivers should take care to observe some basic safety precautions when they are in or approaching a construction zone.

Dangers of glyphosate still being debated

If you work in gardening, landscaping or farming in Minnesota, you should be well aware that there are risks associated with these occupations. Not only are you exposed to the elements, which can be severe in this state, you also work with powerful machinery and potentially harmful chemicals.

For instance, many people in these industries work with Roundup, a widely used weed killer. While it may be effective for its intended purpose, Roundup contains glyphosate. This chemical could be relatively safe or it could cause cancer, depending on which research you look at. However, even this research can be misleading, as indicated by the recent unsealing of documents from Monsanto, the makers of Roundup.

3M prioritizes worker safety

Minnesota is known for its large businesses. One of those businesses, 3M, is a technology leader. You probably know about products like Post-it Notes and Scotch tape, but 3M makes plenty of other products.

3M is leading the way in worker safety by being at the forefront of technology and training.

Understand construction workplace hazards and protect yourself

Workplace injuries in the construction industry are commonplace, and the best way to avoid them is to know where hazards occur and to have a plan to protect every worker on every team at the job site. That means making sure everyone understands the most prevalent types of construction injuries and the best measures to take to protect themselves and the rest of their teams. When everyone is participating to make sure the work site is safe, it is easier to avoid being caught by these common injury hazards.

Police officers exposed to harmful chemicals

You may have an idea in your head for what occupational disease means. We've covered the topic on this blog in the past, mentioning common exposure risks and diseases that many have heard of and associate with certain types of work.

However, not all exposure comes from the type of work sites you many think. Today we have an example of police offers being exposed to an irritant.

Safety is imperative when working with heavy equipment

Those who work with heavy machinery know to respect its size and power. Large construction equipment can be dangerous because misuse can lead to serious injuries or death.

This equipment is also imperative on many worksites. Buildings can’t be built without heavy machinery. Roads can’t be built or maintained. Infrastructure relies greatly on the construction industry, and workers cannot do their job without the right equipment. Knowing how to use that equipment correctly and safely is imperative to avoiding accidents and injuries.

Workplace falls can be fatal

We’ve written in the past about the dangers of falls in the workplace. Falling from heights is one of the most common causes of injuries and deaths at work sites.

If nobody sees you fall the situation can become dire quickly. You could be seriously injured with valuable time ticking away to get medical attention. This is just one of the concerns when it comes to falling from ladders or other heights.

Construction employees' rights under OSHA

If you work in the construction industry, you’re likely familiar with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The program is part of the Department of Labor and sets safety standards that apply to construction and other industries.

OSHA offers protections for employees and outlines the duties of employers to keep employees safe. The standards cover a wide range of topics.

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