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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.

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.

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