July 2017 Archives

Keeping manufacturing workplaces safe for employees

Although safety in Minnesota manufacturing plants has improved, the rate of workplace injuries and illnesses is still high. Across the nation, it is estimated that approximately four out of every 100 plant workers are injured on the job contract an occupational disease every year. Manufacturing has the highest proportion of serious injuries of all industry sectors.

Improved safety helmets for construction

Government researchers report that there were 2,210 cases of traumatic brain injuries from 2003 to 2010 in the construction industry in which the worker died. Minnesota construction workers should know that new safety helmets are being designed by construction companies so that they can have improved protection from injuries sustained in falls.

Health care workers face high levels of workplace violence

Minnesota residents tend to pursue nursing careers to help and heal others, but the reality of their jobs often exposes them to angry and violent patients and visitors. The career nurse who co-founded the nonprofit organization Stop Healthcare Violence has devoted her efforts to raising awareness of the injuries suffered by health care workers. She said that medical staff experience attacks such as being groped, spit on, bitten or assaulted with weapons. During her career, a patient punched her in the face.

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