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May 2017 Archives

Workplace safety sign standards continue to evolve

Safety signs warn workers in Minnesota and around the country about hazards such as slippery surfaces, dangerous machines and toxic substances. While most workers appreciate the warnings, they generally pay little attention to the design of safety signs. However, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration take warning signs very seriously, and the agency regularly publishes materials urging employers to replace older signs with newer designs that meet the latest standards.

Poultry processing is a dangerous job

Poultry and meat processing workers have some of the most dangerous jobs in Minnesota and across the United States, according to a report by the National Employment Law Project. The report analyzed severe injury data collected by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration over a 21-month period.

Robot-related injuries at the workplace

In many occupations in Minnesota and around the country, robots play an important role. In fact, from 2000 to 2013, more than 1.7 million occupational robotic procedures took place, according to a study conducted by Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois.

Suing your employer after a workplace injury

Imagine that you suffered an injury at work when you tripped over an object left in the middle of the shop floor. If you were simply walking, on your way to the break room, and tripped over a box left in the walkway, you would file for workers' compensation. Your employer and the insurance company would more than likely approve your claim and you would receive compensation for your injuries. What if someone else was directly responsible for the accident? What if your boss actually pushed you, causing you to trip?

Do you need workers' compensation for an accidental needle stick?

Working as a nurse can be incredibly rewarding. You can help people when they need it the most, guide them through the process of healing and even help them give birth to a new life. Sometimes, however, being a nurse can place you at serious physical risk. Many nurses are aware of the potential for an accidental needle stick, which happens when you get poked by a needle. Sometimes, it's a fresh needle. In a worst-case scenario, however, the needle has already been inside someone with a serious blood-borne disease. In that situation, it is possible for a previously healthy nurse to contract a disease.

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