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Screening for occupational disease

Occupational diseases are always preventable. Not every employee can avoid working with contaminants, but you should be protected from contracting diseases through proper safety measures. It is also important to get regular physical exams.

OSHA has standards employers must follow for employees who work with asbestos. However, asbestos is not the only cause of occupational diseases. If you are exposed to any irritants or chemicals you should make sure you are getting physical exams and discussing potential issues with your doctor.

Be proactive with warehouse safety

Construction might be one of the most hazardous professions, but according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, otherwise known as OSHA, there are plenty of hazards in a warehouse. "The high number of fatalities associated with forklifts... tell (OSHA) that many workers are not being properly trained to safely drive these kinds of potentially hazardous equipment." Fortunately, more employers are taking steps to make sure workers are safe on the job, but it is up to everyone to reduce hazards and be aware of potential problems. Regardless of the size of the warehouse, here are some things that all workers can be on the lookout for on the job:

Employers working to decrease workplace injuries

Workplace injuries have costs for everyone involved. For the employee, an injury means missing time from work, and could mean missing paychecks. For the employer, an injury may mean paying out costly workers’ compensation claims.

Nobody wins when there’s an injury at the workplace, which is why so many employers have made worker safety a priority. This is especially true in the manufacturing industry.

Tips for motor vehicle safety

Motor vehicle accidents are some of the most common causes of work site injuries. With so many professionals using vehicles, from automobiles to large trucks, it's no wonder vehicle accidents pose such a risk.

Knowing the risks associated with your vehicle is the best way to stay safe. Below we've outlined some tips for reducing injuries when it comes to operating vehicles on the job.

Eye safety at construction sites

Eye injuries are some of the most common at construction sites. Flying debris, chemicals, dust particles and high heat can all cause damage to eyes.

It is important for construction workers to protect their eyes from the elements and dangers at a work site. Let's explore some of the common dangers at a works site and ways to keep yourself safe.

What should I do if my workers’ compensation claim is denied?

The denial of a workers’ compensation claim does not end your options for recourse. Worker’s compensation offers you protection for when you are injured on the job. However, it is not a perfect system.

Filing a claim is just the first step. Your claim could be denied, which may leave you wondering if you have any options. You do.

Could asthma symptoms be caused by your work?

Asthma can affect anyone. From kids to adults, it’s a disease that could be hereditary or it can be caused by outside influences. It happens to be one of the most common occupational diseases.

Many employees work with irritants that cause asthma, or make its symptoms more severe.

Common office injuries

Working in an office building in St. Paul does not mean that you are safe from workplace injuries. Many office buildings are filled with hazards that can affect your health. While some offices may have fewer safety risks than many outside and manufacturing work environments, there is no reason why you should not be aware of the common types of office injuries you are at risk of sustaining.

Protecting yourself against occupational diseases

There are a wide range of diseases that can inflict workers. While occupational diseases overall have become rarer over the years with better technology and understanding of the causes and symptoms, diseases still happen.

Coal mining is one of the industries that come to mind, for example. People often think of black lung. Minnesota doesn’t have coal mines, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other potential disease risks in the state. Knowing the risks of your workplace, and taking the proper precautions can make all the difference when it comes to avoiding disease.

Independent contractors and workers’ compensation

While independent contractors generally aren’t employees of a business, workers’ compensation laws can muddle the rules—especially when it comes to the construction industry.

All Minnesotan employers are required to hold workers’ compensation coverage or be self-insured (in rare instances). These benefits protect workers who are injured on the job. This is great for employees, but what does it mean for independent contractors?

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