If you suffer a workplace injury, your immediate attention should focus on your health and well-being. While there are other things to consider, like your ability to return to your job in the near future, there's time to deal with those details after you have sought medical treatment.
If you're injured on the job, you may decide to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. While you hope to receive an approval letter in the near future, you may get the exact opposite: a denial.
If you are injured on the job, you may immediately assume you can file a claim for workers' compensation benefits.
As a construction worker, you know there will be days when you spend one hour after the next outdoors.
If you live and work in the state of Minnesota, you know that the spring and summer months are among the most enjoyable of the entire year. You also know that wet weather can move into your area at any time, including when you're outside working.
Filing a workers' compensation claim can be a stressful time, as you're already dealing with an injury. The last thing you need is to learn that your claim has been denied for one reason or another.
Female workers in Minnesota should learn about a recent study regarding mental health because the results have a nationwide relevance. Researchers from the Center for Health, Work & Environment, part of the Colorado School of Public Health, teamed up with the state's largest workers compensation insurer to analyze the claims of 314 businesses. Over 17,000 employees holding everything from labor jobs to executive jobs were represented.
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.
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.
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.