January 2018 Archives

Pumps for gas monitoring can be important for safety

Workers in Minnesota who use electronic gas detectors often use devices with pumps. When to use a pump is a common question, and the decision whether to utilize one of these devices can have serious impacts on the safety of workers on the job. The use of a pump on a gas monitor can add a significant level of safety to gas detection tasks. These devices allow workers to collect air from an atmosphere with unclear properties and bring it to a gas monitor location, allowing individuals to view the results of the monitor in a location where the air is known to be safe.

Workplace fatalities increased by 7 percent in 2016

Workers in Minnesota, especially those in the construction, transportation, and food industries, should know that in 2016, the number of workplace fatalities rose by 7 percent around the country to a level not seen since 2008. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its Census of 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries report, which states that there were a total of 5,190 fatal injuries in the U.S. that year.

Workers’ compensation in Minnesota - the basics

As a construction worker in St. Paul, you know that every day that you set foot on a job site, you risk an injury. You could fall into an uncovered hole or off of incorrectly assembled scaffolding. You might suffer electrocution or you could be hit in the head by a falling object. If you suffer a workplace injury, do you know what to do in terms of filing a workers' compensation claim?

OSHA cites film company for lack of fall protection

Minnesota fans of the "The Walking Dead" to expect their favorite characters to face deadly dangers, but the film set turned deadly for a stuntman in July 2017. The 33-year-old man died as a result of injuries after falling 22 feet headfirst onto concrete. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated the worker's death and cited Stalwart Films LLC for inadequate fall protection, which included a fine of $12,675.

Increasing workers compensation to account for inflation

Ever since Congress passed the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act in 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has had to adjust its penalties on an annual basis. This affects employers throughout Minnesota and the rest of the nation. The act dictates that agencies have to increase their penalties to account for inflation and increased cost of living. In compliance with the act, OSHA has announced that it is increasing its penalties for 2018.

Minnesota work-related injury rates at an all-time low

In Minnesota, the number of worker injuries and illnesses are at the lowest they have ever been since the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses began in 1973. The latest survey reports that in 2016, OSHA recorded an average of 3.4 nonfatal workplace injuries/illnesses per 100 full-time equivalent workers in the state. This came out to about 73,600 workers. In 2015 there were 75,000 workers were injured or became ill.

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