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July 2014 Archives

New OSHA rules affect some utility workers

Minnesota electric utility workers may be interested to know more about new safety rules put into place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The regulations are meant to curb the commonly used practice of "free climbing." Up until now, electric utility workers were often allowed to climb electrical towers without safety straps, belts or harnesses

Minnesota pawn shop robbed, and employee shot

Two men entered the Pawn America in Roseville early in the evening of July 21. One man immediately opened fire and shot a 27-year-old clerk in the leg. The wound was not life-threatening, and the clerk was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. The shooter didn't injure any of the customers in the pawnshop at the time.

OSHA investigates accidents rather than prevent them

Minnesota readers might be interested in a recent article that suggests that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration may face a number of limitations when enforcing workplace-safety standards. Because of employee turnover, underfunding and government regulations, OSHA primarily concentrates on investigating accidents that injure or kill workers rather than working with businesses to prevent such accidents.

Explosion at industrial plant kills worker

Minnesota workers might be interested in a recent worksite incident in Indiana that inflicted serious damage upon at least nine individuals working there. On July 1, an explosion at a domestic automaker's metal-stamping plant near Fort Wayne reportedly left one worker dead and hospitalized eight others.

Power line electrocutes tree trimmer

A tree trimmer was working on a tree in Minnesota when a branch hit a hot power line and electrocuted him. The workplace accident happened in Minnetonka at about 1 p.m. on June 25. The man worked for a Little Falls-based company. The tree that the 21-year-old man was working on had become a potential danger in a Minnetonka resident's yard on Townline Road.

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