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How do crane accidents most commonly occur?

If you work on a construction site, it's likely that you regularly work in the vicinity of cranes. They are devices that enable the construction of tall buildings, and they are necessary for building the modern cities that we live in today.

However, they present many dangers to construction workers and to members of the public. While all construction site workers should have been adequately trained in construction site safety and working with cranes, they may not be aware of the full extent of the dangers, as well as the rights they have if they become injured. The following is an overview of some of the most common causes of crane accidents.

What are the types of Occupational Safety and Health violations?

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) administers the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health (MNOSHA) program. The agency sends out investigators to look into potential safety issues and uses their findings to decide whether to issue citations or impose penalties. Violations range in severity.

MNOSHA considers any safety concern that either has the potential to or results in a worker's minor injuries as a nonserious violation. The state agency generally imposes fines ranging from $0 to $1,000 to discourage employers from violating safety regulations. Minnesota law does allow investigators to impose fines as high as $7,000 in such instances, though.

What was the cause of my back injury in the workplace?

Having a physical job can mean that you often suffer from pains and strains without being able to pinpoint the cause. If you are suffering from severe back pain, it's likely that you will want to seek medical attention and gain the appropriate treatment. You may even need to take time off work in order to recover. When doing so, it's important that you notify your employer and file for workers' compensation so that you can gain back damages.

However, in order to file for workers' compensation, you'll need to be able to pinpoint the activity you were engaging in that led to your back injury. The following are some of the most common causes of back injuries in the workplace.

How to minimize the risk of workplace electrical accidents

Workers always have risks in their environments, whether they work in an office or on a construction site. Of course, some professions carry more risks than others. Many employees who work directly with electricity, in particular, are subject to higher risks.

Electrical injuries in the workplace can occur in many different ways. Understanding how electrical injuries occur can help you avoid them. The following are some things you can do to minimize the risk of workplace electrical accidents.

Forklift drivers are prone to 4 soft-tissue injuries

If you work in a warehouse, you likely have a healthy respect for forklifts. After all, at roughly 9,000 pounds, a standard forklift is about three times heavier than the average car. If you have sustained an injury when working with a forklift, you can likely take advantage of Minnesota’s worker’s compensation system. Still, a forklift does not have to collide with you to cause you serious injuries.

Forklift operators are often vulnerable to repetitive-stress and musculoskeletal injuries that affect the soft tissues of the body. If you have lower back pain, neck pain, headaches or other similar symptoms, you may have one of the following common types of soft-tissue injuries.

Your right to a safe working environment

All workers in the United States have rights when it comes to job safety. Your employer has the legal obligation to provide you with a work environment that is reasonably safe. You also have the right to raise concerns about safety without fear of retaliation.

If you are concerned about safety in your workplace or you have been recently injured at work, it is important that you fully understand your rights. By making yourself aware of these, you will be able to take the appropriate legal action when necessary.

Factory workers are vulnerable to these 4 eye injuries

Whether you assemble a product, repair equipment or package inventory, you play an important role in the factory where you work. Regardless of your job duties, your eyes are likely essential for performing them. Regrettably, though, roughly 2,000 individuals injure their eyes at work every single day.  

If you work in a factory, you must take steps to protect your eyes. You should also understand how eye injuries occur. Here are four eye injuries you may sustain when performing your factory job duties.

Minnesota laws that protect injured workers

Being injured in the workplace can lead to a lot of pain and suffering that would not have occurred if it were not for your working conditions. In addition to going through a lot of physical and emotional pain, you may also be financially impacted by your injury.

Seeking medical attention is necessary after an injury but will lead to significant bills. Additionally, taking the time to rest and recover after your injury will mean that you will lose wages during this time. You may even need to change jobs because of a disability you acquired as a result of the injury. Workers' compensation is intended to help injured workers financially after the accident. The following is an overview of the workers' compensation laws in place in Minnesota.

Construction site communication can keep workers safe

On a construction site, accidents often happen because of a lack of communication. People get confused or assume that someone else knows something that they don't know, and then someone gets hurt. The incident could easily have been avoided if communication was more of a focus for all involved.

For instance, maybe a worker is using a harness as fall protection gear. He is roped in. He believes that another worker tied the rope off, but that worker thinks that it is each person's responsibility to check their own rope. When the worker on the rope falls, the rope does not catch them, and they suffer serious injuries. If the two would just have communicated about responsibilities in advance, the worker still would have fallen, but they would not have been injured as badly -- or at all.

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