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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.

Workplace fatalities on the rise

Workers in Minnesota may want to know about the results of the 2016 report conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It reports a 7 percent increase in fatal occupational injuries from 2015 to 2016, with 5,190 people losing their lives in the workplace. This amounts to 14 workers being killed each day. For every 100,000 full-time workers, there were 3.6 deaths.

Work-related fatalities rise seven percent in 2016

Workplace fatalities have dramatically increased for the third consecutive year, according to a census conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Residents of Minnesota, especially those in the transportation, healthcare and food packing industries, should be aware of the trends and what's being done about them.

How workers can avoid weather-related injuries during winter

Working outdoors during the Minnesota winters can be not only arduous but also dangerous to one's health. Freezing temperatures often lead to cold stress injuries as well as conditions like hypothermia and frostbite. Even in relatively higher temperatures, workers can be at risk for trench foot and chilblains.

New workers may be at a higher risk of injury

Workers in Minnesota and around the country may have a higher risk of getting hurt during their first month on the job. According to the Institute for Work & Health, their risk for a lost-time injury is three times greater than for someone who has been on the job for more than a year. For some who are just starting a job, they may be performing tasks that they have little prior experience with.

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.

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