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January 2015 Archives

Workplace safety and machines

Employees in Minnesota who work with machinery on a regular basis know how hazardous it can often be. As part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is engaged in research with a goal of controlling and eliminating related injuries. These injuries are often considered to be preventable if the appropriate safeguards are implemented to protect employees. Employers are expected to safeguard machine processes, parts or functions that can injure their workers.

Making a safer work environment

Workplace accidents in Minnesota can be potentially devastating experiences for those involved. In addition to whatever financial damages an organization might suffer as a consequence, the injured employee may be unable to continue generating the income he or she needs and incur significant hardship as a result. Employers may be able to reduce accidents in the workplace by more closely aligning safety standards with the demographics of their workforce.

Dangers of lasers for Minnesota workers

Many workers routinely use lasers as a part of their jobs. However, lasers can pose various dangers to workers who use them. According to a report issued by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, the federal agency tasked with regulating safety in workplaces, those in the medical, industrial, construction and research occupations are especially at heightened risk.

Construction project injuries 3 workers

Three workers suffered injuries after an incident on a construction project in Minnesota. The three were rushed to the hospital, but none of the workers suffered any serious injuries. Timberwood Church is a large church in Nisswa that needed space for its parishioners. The church hired Nor-Son, Inc. to build a 21,000 foot addition that will give the church more office space and space for its congregants. Construction on the project began in July and ran smoothly until the incident, which occurred several months later.

Workplace chemical skin exposure issues

While Minnesota businesses and employees are aware of the potential problems exposure to chemicals in the workplace may cause, much of the safety focus has been on preventing inhalation of the chemicals. Almost equally important for workers is the protection against skin contact, as systemic toxicity, occupationally-related diseases, neurological disorders and other problems may result.

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