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A view into workplace injury and illness rates

Throughout Minnesota as well as across the country, people may be injured in the course of performing their jobs on any given day. Certainly some industries and types of jobs may be naturally more dangerous and expose workers to greater risks than other industries or jobs but the fact of the matter is that anyone can be impacted by an injury at work. In addition, many other people may develop illnesses related to a work situation or environment. Just how prevalent is this? Records from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics gives some insight into this.

Injury rates high among food processing workers

As someone who works in the food-processing industry, your risk of suffering an on-the-job injury exceeds that of others who work in non-food-related manufacturing roles. Per Business Insurance, the injury rate for those in other manufacturing roles is about 4.3 injuries for every 100 full-time workers while, for food-processing workers, the injury rate rises to five injuries for every 100 full-time employees.

Forklift overturns, killing employee

Most people in Minnesota understand and acknowledge that certain jobs or lines of work may be more dangerous than others. People who work on construction job sites, in the oil and gas industry, in mines and more all face serious risks every day they go to work. Other types of job may not pose quite the same level of risk but that certainly does not mean accidents cannot and do not happen.

Even a mild brain injury can be serious

Minnesota residents who work in jobs where they routinely use ladders, scaffolds or are in other situations where falls may happen should be consciously aware not just of the safety protocols to prevent falls but of some of the things that can happen if a fall does occur. A brain injury is one of these things. According to, falls are actually the third-most common cause of traumatic brain injuries.

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