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Countering the risks of the lone worker

Many people in Minnesota may enjoy working alone and feel comfortable working independently without others around. However, when it comes to workplace injuries, being alone can be a serious liability. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration recognizes this, and has set standards that employers must follow.

How can employers reduce workplace vehicle accidents?

Workplace vehicle accidents happen more often than you may realize in Minnesota. It is such a problem in this country that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has put together specific safety advice to help employers minimize accidents involving workplace vehicles. Following these tips from OSHA can help you to ensure your employees are safer and prevent the expenses that result from accidents.

How do crush injuries happen?

If you work in the construction industry in St. Paul, your working conditions as well as the tools of your trade serve as constant reminders that yours is one of the most dangerous occupations in America. There are many different scenarios that you may encounter on the job site that could put you and others in jeopardy. Crush injuries rank among those whose dangerous potential is likely the least appreciated. Despite being listed among the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's "Fatal Four," crush accidents and their causes are still largely under-researched and unanticpated by employers.

What occupational diseases does workers’ compensation cover?

Most Minnesota workers know workers’ compensation covers them for any injuries they sustain in workplace accidents. But they may not be aware that workers’ compensation also covers occupational diseases. In many workplaces, illnesses are just as common as accidents. Exposure to certain chemicals and toxins may not lead to sickness right away. Sometimes it can take years after exposure for some occupational diseases to develop. 

What should I do after a workplace accident?

One of the challenges you face every day when you go to work in Saint Paul is staying safe. Workplace accidents are very prevalent and can happen anywhere, especially while you are at work. According to Fortune.com, workplace accidents are the cause of 5,000 deaths each year. The number of employees who sustain injuries while on the job is 2.9 million. You may not anticipate being in a workplace accident. But unfortunate incidents often happen unexpectedly. 

What to know about the independent medical exam

Workers who apply for workers' compensation benefits in Minnesota may need to go through an Independent Medical Examination. It is true that not all applicants receive a notice to attend an IME. Those with relatively small and straightforward claims have a greater likelihood of a quick approval.

Asbestos and the construction industry

Because asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that resists heat and electricity, it would seem to be an excellent substance for use in buildings. The Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry notes that while this was initially thought to be true, scientists discovered that exposure to the fibers can be fatal.

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