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Worker trapped beneath equipment

Minnesota residents who work in certain job fields face greater danger than others of being involved in serious workplace accidents. People who work in the oil and gas and construction sectors are examples of those workers. Industrial workers also face the daily risk of sustaining an on-the-job injury or even being the victim of a fatal work accident.

Total temporary disability for workers’ compensation

A workplace accident can happen anywhere, anytime. Minnesota residents can also be subject to contracting illnesses due to environmental factors such as toxic exposure to hazardous materials. In some cases, workplace injuries develop over time when repetitive stress motions occur. Regardless of the reason, injuries or illnesses can leave an employee completely unable to work in any capacity for a given period of time. Under workers’ compensation law, this is referred to as a total temporary disability.

Understanding repetitive strain injuries

Minnesota residents in any job field can find themselves injured or ill due to a workplace accident, situation or environment. Workplace injuries can be caused by one-time events or can develop over the course of time. Such is the case with repetitive stress injuries. The Occupational Safety Health Administration website notes that there are more than 100 known types of these injuries that are caused by actions taken at worksites. 

What are OSHA's ladder safety requirements?

People in Minnesota who work in jobs that regularly require the use of ladders should be aware of the federal safety regulations for ladder safety. All employers are expected to ensure full implementation and compliance with the rules in order to keep employees safe. A work accident that results from improper use of a ladder or from a faulty ladder can cause serious consequences for an injured worker and family members alike. Additionally, it can be traumatic for co-workers to witness serious or fatal accidents on the job.

The dangers of heat-related illness in the workplace

When temperatures soar and heat indices rise, Minnesota residents may be interested in knowing that they live in one of only three states in the nation that have heat-related illness prevention standards in place to protect workers. Under agreements with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Minnesota, California and Washington run their own safety programs. These programs require employers to provide a workplace free of recognized hazards, including excessive heat exposure, that could lead to the death or serious injury of their employees.

The prevalence of occupational hearing loss

Minnesota workers are exposed to many things on the job that can cause an injury or an illness, but one of the most common is occupational hearing loss. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hearing loss is the third-most common chronic health condition among older Americans, after arthritis and hypertension. Furthermore, at least 11 percent of U.S workers have some degree of hearing loss, and 24 percent of this hearing loss is caused by exposure to conditions at the workplace.

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