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Clothing can be an important piece of arc flash protection

For Minnesota electricians, personal protective equipment can be critical in reducing the severity of injuries on the job. Arc flash is a particular danger when working on energized electrical feeds; personal protective equipment like an arc flash suit can help to save an electrician's eyesight, skin or life.

Mirrors reduce forklift collisions with people in the workplace

Industrial production facilities and warehouses in Minnesota typically involve workers moving on foot and driving forklifts. Blind spots at intersections of racks or on loading docks present dangers. A forklift driver might run into a co-worker on foot, or two people rushing in different directions on foot might collide. Either situation introduces the potential for injuries and spills of hazardous materials. The background noise of heavy equipment could make people tune out beeping forklifts, but wall- or ceiling-mounted mirrors increase everyone's range of vision.

How to work with multiple generations at once

Employers in Minnesota and throughout the country may have employees of all ages. This may require tailoring a working environment that caters to a variety of experience levels and backgrounds. Although older people may not use technology as frequently as younger generations, they tend to be able to master it quickly. For example, a Pew Research Center survey in 2013 found that 55 percent of Americans own smartphones while only 18 percent of those aged 65 or older had them.

Construction workers have highest fall risks says OSHA

Fall protection remains a persistent problem in workplaces in Minnesota and across the country, and the data suggests that workers in the construction industry face the greatest fall risks of all. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that almost 40 percent of the construction workers killed on the job in 2015 died in incidents involving falls, and four of the agency's most commonly cited violations deal specifically with construction sector safety regulations.

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