As a worker in Minnesota, you may be wondering if you have the right to make a claim for workers’ compensation. In most cases, your employer will be required to provide such coverage, but there are exceptions. According to The Office of the Revisor of Statutes, the most notable exceptions to the workers’ compensation requirement are those covered by the Federal Employers’ Liability Act. These are not the only exempt employer’s, though.
In Minnesota, you have the right to be protected against occupational diseases. According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, an occupational disease is a condition caused by your work environment. This could include a range of things, such as lung disease, repetitive stress injuries or cancer. Such conditions often take time to develop and occur due to consistent and prolonged exposure to the source causing the disease.
Musculoskeletal disorders are those which affect the muscles, nerves and tendons in your body. Carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis and low back injuries are a few examples of MSDs. Many workers in different industries have to deal with MSDs. OSHA reports that MSD cases accounted for one-third of all worker injuries and illnesses in 2013. Most MSDs are preventable, but employers and employees have to work together to reduce the problems.
Workplace vehicle accidents in Minnesota should be a concern for employees and employers. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, employees are most likely to die due to vehicle accidents while on the clock than from any other type of worksite accident. These deaths can be greatly reduced by following guidelines outlined by OSHA for safe vehicle use.
When you show up to your Minnesota job each day, you probably assume at least some level of risk, although certain professions are undeniably riskier than others. Regardless of how severe the hazards associated with your industry are, your employer has an obligation to protect you to the fullest extent possible.
As a Minnesota construction worker, you face a unique set of hazards that place you at considerable risk of suffering a work-related injury. At the Fellman Law Office, we assist many clients who suffer injuries while performing jobs like yours, and we have a solid understanding of the physical and financial hardships that can develop because of your chosen career.