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June 2014 Archives

2 DOT workers injured on Minnesota highway

On June 22, an accident in Burnsville left one Department of Transportation worker with critical injuries and another with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities reported. The two workers were reportedly demarcating a lane on Interstate 35 with traffic cones when a car struck their truck.

OSHA, NIOSH representatives deliver remarks at Safety 2014

Minnesota workers may be interested to learn that representatives of several of the nation's occupational safety organizations met at the plenary session of Safety 2014 on June 10. The director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health was on hand to reference the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh and asked that employers around the country use the incident as motivation for improving their own safety standards. The NIOSH director emphasized safety is often neglected due to the pressures companies face from their own supply chains.

Mid-afternoon has hazards for workers

Anyone in Minnesota who has worked an office job is likely familiar with the period after lunch when it is easy to feel tired and perhaps even to accidentally fall asleep. For construction workers, this dip carries an even greater hazard as it can lead to serious injury or death; sleep and workplace safety have been found to be linked. According to the National Sleep Foundation, workers who are under substantial fatigue are 75 percent more likely to be involved in an accident and almost twice as likely to be killed on the job. When fatigue meets the mid-afternoon dip, results can be disastrous.

National stand against falls on the job

Minnesota residents who are concerned with occupational safety may have heard that the workweek that began on June 2 was designated as the National Fall Safety Stand-Down. The goal of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration-sponsored event was to get workers nationwide to talk about the potential for falls and how they can be prevented. The Labor Department estimated that about 1 million workers took an hour off for the event during the week.

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