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Study: most sleep-deprived workers are in protective services

A study published in the Journal of Community Health has found that nearly half of all protective service workers and military workers in Minnesota and across the U.S. suffered the consequences of short sleep duration in 2018. These two groups, the former of which include police officers and firefighters, are the most sleep-deprived of all occupation groups.

The study goes on to report that 45% of health care support workers, including home health aides and psychiatric aides, suffered from lack of sleep. After this came workers in the transportation and material moving industries at 41% and production workers, also 41%. Researchers point out that many of the drowsiest workers are those who are directly involved in maintaining the safety and health of others.

Workers' compensation when you have several jobs

Minnesota has a great workers' compensation program in place to help employees who have sustained injuries while on the job. The system exists to help individuals who can no longer work keep themselves afloat. 

Filing a claim is no easy task, and you want to make sure that you send in every piece of paperwork entirely filled in. There are additional aspects of the process that can complicate matters, such as if you have two or more jobs. You may have sustained the injury at one job, but you have a second one at which you can no longer work. What happens when you relied on two or more incomes for your family and now cannot work in any position?

Workplace leaders drive safety cultures

Workplace safety will ideally be a point of emphasis for companies in Minnesota and throughout the nation. However, safety cultures are generally created and fostered by company owners and top managers. Furthermore, business owners are typically better able to foster such cultures by actively advocating for what they want to see. For instance, senior leadership should create an environment in which workers feel comfortable reporting accidents or looking out for hazards on their own. They should also feel comfortable helping each other stay safe on the job.

It is also important that workplaces are kept clean and free of as many hazards as possible. Companies should spend time actively looking for hazards and mitigating them as quickly as possible. Common hazards include falls, cuts and pain from repetitive motion throughout the day. With the implementation of a culture that puts a premium on worker safety, employees are typically more productive and content while at work.

Pesticide exposure linked to greater heart attack, stroke risk

Minnesota residents know that pesticide exposure is unhealthy, but what they may not have known is that it raises the risk of heart attack and stroke in particular. This was the conclusion of a study conducted by the University of Hawaii. It involved 7,557 Japanese-American men on the island of Oahu who had been observed for over 40 years as part of the Kuakini Honolulu Heart Program.

Consulting OSHA data to estimate the men's pesticide exposure levels at work, researchers found that high exposure levels made men 45% more likely to suffer heart attack or stroke. The risk was found to be especially high in the first decade of exposure with the effects tapering off after that. Researchers admit that these results may not hold for women since pesticides affect men and women differently.

Common occupational hazards for cashiers

There are numerous jobs everyone knows are risky. Construction workers and warehouse employees frequently deal with heavy equipment, and there exist some inherent dangers in those professions. However, some jobs are just as risky and could result in workers' compensation claims, including cashiers. 

In one recent study, cashiers had the fourth most dangerous job in the country. This may seem odd because the work does not seem hazardous, but employees and employers need to be aware of risks. If you suffer an injury while working as a cashier, then you need to be aware of your legal options. 

Is work liable for your car crash on the job?

Minnesota residents who deal with driving as part of your job will have the additional risks that come with operating a vehicle on potentially busy roads. We at Lindberg Law, P.C., are here today to discuss whether or not a company can be held liable for a crash you get into while on the job.

There are certain situations in which your company can be held accountable for crashes that you suffered from while on the clock. This can include just getting into a crash while driving a car for company reasons. These reasons may include things like picking up or dropping off company wares, making deliveries for the company, or even traveling to or from a meeting while on the clock.

Common work-related elbow injuries and how to avoid them

Elbow injuries in Minnesota can make it very difficult to perform one's job duties. Work-related injuries, often chronic in nature, can negatively affect the elbow. Fortunately, however, there are steps a worker can take to prevent elbow injuries and maintain productivity. It may be helpful to identify some of the most common elbow injuries and understand why they occur.

According to the University of Michigan, several conditions fall under the wider umbrella of tendinosis, which results from micro-tearing of connective tissue either in the tendon itself or surrounding it. Two common types of tendinosis include medial epicondylitis and lateral epicondylitis. Each occurs just above the elbow, but medial epicondylitis affects the inner side of the elbow while lateral epicondylitis affects the outer side. These conditions commonly go by the names golfer's elbow and tennis elbow, respectively, but they can also result from repetitive work activities and lifting heavy objects. 

Suing an employer despite workers' compensation

Minnesota workers who are injured on the job should know what their compensation options are. In most cases, an injury will be covered by workers' compensation. In others, however, an employee may choose to pursue the matter further and take their employer to court.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines workers' compensation as an insurance system in place to reimburse workers who become injured during or because of their occupation. Examples can include construction workers who fall from faulty scaffolding, secretaries who develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome due to the repetitive motion injuries that typing can cause, or factory workers who are exposed to harmful chemicals.

Does negligence contribute to crush injury risk?

Minnesota construction workers like you have to put yourself at risk every time you work in your field. Sometimes, no matter how many precautions you take and how safe you are, the negligence of other employees or even your employers can cause you harm.

Today, we will take a look at how negligence can potentially lead to crush injuries. By definition, a crush injury occurs when a part of the body is put under pressure. Some of the most common examples in the construction field include getting run over by vehicles, or becoming pinned between a vehicle and another solid surface. It is also possible to suffer from crush injuries if you are buried under building materials or work equipment.

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