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Construction safety standards that you should know

If you are a construction worker employed by a company, you should be protected by the safety standards that they put in place. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets regulations that employers must follow to prevent injury and death in the workplace.

The fatal injury rate in the construction industry is higher than in any other industry in the United States. Therefore, as a construction worker, you should take the time to understand the safety procedures that should be in place in your working environment.

What counts as an on-the-job injury?

If you were injured in the workplace, it's likely that you will have suffered not only physically but financially as well. You'll probably have lost wages as the result of needing to take time off to recover, and you may have also incurred child care costs as a result of being unable to look after your children. It's likely that you also had to pay medical bills as the result of needing to gain treatment.

If you were injured while working, you'll probably be entitled to receive workers' compensation to cover these out-of-pocket expenses. However, you will need to show that you were engaging in work-related activities to successfully gain this compensation.

Same-level falls more prevalent than falls from heights

It might surprise you, but you risk catastrophic injuries from falls even if you never work at elevated levels. Same-level falls are often known as slips, trips and falls because that is precisely what they are. Regardless of whether you spend your work hours in a Minnesota office, manufacturing plant or fulfillment center, a wet spot on the floor or a randomly placed object can cause you to fall.

The specific hazards of your workplace will determine the severity of your injuries. How you land, what you strike and the part of your body that connects are all factors in same-level falls.

What is considered horseplay in workplace accidents?

If you have been injured in the workplace and financial damages occurred as a result of this accident, you have the right to file for workers' compensation. When you file for workers' compensation, you will need to provide details of the nature of your accident.

Workers' compensation is fairly inclusive of all types of accidents in the workplace. Unlike car accident claims, you will not be required to prove that you were not at fault for the causation of the injury in order to gain back damages. However, if it is shown that the cause of the accident was horseplay, you may not be entitled to workers' compensation. The following is an overview of what you need to know about horseplay in the context of workers' compensation.

How can I protect myself from unsafe working conditions?

If you feel unsafe at work, you should not simply ignore this and carry on with your job. All workers have a right to be safe, even if you work in a high-risk profession such as construction or mining.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act is a federal law that demands that all employers keep their workplaces safe from hazards that could cause illness, injury, or death. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, known as OSHA, is the administration that enforces these laws and carries out inspections when necessary. The following are some things that you should do if you believe that yourself or other people are unsafe in your workplace.

Your right to rehabilitation after a work injury

If you have been injured in the workplace, it's likely that you have needed to take a considerable amount of time off work in order to recover. You may not only have lost wages as a result of this, but you may be facing high medical bills. As an injured worker, you should make sure that you file for workers' compensation as soon as possible because in the majority of cases you will be able to gain full reimbursement of these injury-related expenses.

If you became permanently injured after an accident at work, it may be the case that you'll no longer be able to work in your role. In this instance, you may be entitled to rehabilitation. The following is an overview of the types of rehabilitation that might help you.

Whiplash and your claim for workers’ compensation benefits

If you drive the company vehicle on a regular basis, you know that an accident is always a possibility, even on a clear, sunny day in Minnesota.

Although you are a careful driver, you cannot always say the same about fellow motorists. As the victim of a rear-end crash and a serious whiplash, are you qualified to file for workers’ compensation benefits?

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.

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