Workers' Compensation Archives

OSHA and NIOSH release heat index app for outdoor workers

Summer temperatures in Minnesota can sometimes reach into the triple digits, and emergency room doctors in the state are often called upon to treat cases of heat exhaustion. Outdoor workers are especially vulnerable to heat-related illnesses, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has collaborated with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to develop a smartphone application that could help employers to better protect their workers from debilitating conditions including potentially deadly heat strokes.

Skin disorders a major hazard for workers

Minnesota workers may be interested to learn that skin disorders are considered to be the second most common type of work-related illnesses. In fact, it is estimated that approximately 13 million people are potentially exposed to occupational skin disorders caused by chemical exposure.

Poultry processing is a dangerous job

Poultry and meat processing workers have some of the most dangerous jobs in Minnesota and across the United States, according to a report by the National Employment Law Project. The report analyzed severe injury data collected by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration over a 21-month period.

Robot-related injuries at the workplace

In many occupations in Minnesota and around the country, robots play an important role. In fact, from 2000 to 2013, more than 1.7 million occupational robotic procedures took place, according to a study conducted by Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois.

Chemical plants can be hazardous

Minnesota chemical plants can be dangerous places to work. The nature of the job involves interacting with chemicals that could be hazardous and cause injury or death. However, chemical manufacturers have a responsibility to uphold regulations and follow best practices in order to protect the safety of the workers in these plants.

Minnesota reports large drop in paid workers' comp claims

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry report about the workers' compensation system showed a significant decrease of 53 percent in paid claims between 1997 and 2015. In 1997, 8.7 claims were paid for every 100 full-time employees. By 2015, the number of paid claims had fallen to 4.1 per 100 full-time workers.

Construction work safety and hazards

Minnesota workers who have been employed in the construction industry likely know that the work is far safer in 2017 than is was in the 1970s. However, even with the increase in safety, construction workers still face major risks every time they go to work. In fact, about 937 workers lost their lives in 2015, making it the deadliest year for construction workers since 2008.

Helping Minnesota landscapers avoid injuries

From hazardous chemicals and dangerous equipment to bad weather, there are a number of risks landscapers in Minnesota face daily. According to reports, each year about 200 landscaper service employees suffer a fatal injury while they are working, such as falls, lacerations and chemical burns. Here are some safety tips that might make the job easier.

Election results could impact workers' compensation programs

Workers' compensation policies in Minnesota and around the country may be reevaluated in light of Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 presidential election according to industry experts. The Department of Labor has advocated for federally mandated minimum workers' compensation standards, but promises to cut red tape and reign in regulatory overreach featured prominently in Trump's campaign. The president has also promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and this could also greatly impact the nation's workers' compensation programs.

Full workers' comp may require 'trust but verify' attitude

Minnesotans are hard workers. That's a well-earned reputation developed over a history of more than 150 years. The workers' compensation systems in place in the state and across the St. Croix in Wisconsin are a testament to that fact. They are founded on the presumption that the value of every worker is such that injuries suffered on the job should not leave a worker destitute and hopeless.

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