September 2017 Archives

The importance of fall protection in the workplace

Minnesota workers could be putting themselves at risk if they do jobs without the necessary training and safety equipment. One 33-year-old man was killed when he fell 7 feet from a pallet that had been raised by a forklift onto a concrete floor. At the warehouse where he worked, using the forklift and a pallet in this way was common practice.

New OSHA silica exposure rules address serious health threat

Construction workers in Minnesota who routinely cut into concrete block products risk exposure to silica dust. This summer, new regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration came into effect. They require employers to make written plans to prevent workers from breathing the hazardous dust. Someone needs to be specifically assigned the task of putting the safety plan into practice. Employers should also offer medical exams to workers whose duties include wearing a respirator more than 30 days in a year. Medical checks could alert a worker to dust exposure before serious sickness develops.

OSHA standards for worker fall protection

Employers in Minnesota are required to protect employees from fall hazards along unprotected edges that are 4 feet or more above the level below. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, adequate fall protection may include any device, system or equipment that prevents employees from falling or mitigates the consequences of a fall. Employers may choose to make use of guardrail systems, personal fall arrest systems or safety net systems.

Focusing on potential serious injuries to improve worker safety

Working people in Minnesota could face dangers at work no matter what type of job they do. Businesses take precautions to keep their employees safe, but strategies for workplace safety vary. Many safety experts are advocating for a change to the general belief that companies should just be reporting accidents. They believe that the potential for serious injuries should get special focus, even if workers have a narrow escape from actual injury.

Computer vision syndrome may be a problem for office workers

When Minnesotans think about workers' compensation, they might normally imagine injury accidents that happen while they are on the job. However, some work-related injuries and conditions do not involve traumatic incidents. Like other work-related injuries, conditions and illnesses that arise because of job requirements and conditions are also compensable under the workers' compensation system.

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