Many people in Minnesota work in jobs that require them to be outside for extended periods of time. During the summer months, that means these workers endure long hours of exposure to the sun and high temperatures. Construction workers and farm employees are just two examples of groups that fall into this category. These people are at risk for experiencing heat-related illnesses due to the exposure at work.
Certain industries are more dangerous than others and have a high risk of accident, such as construction. When physical injury occurs due to a traumatic event, employees can file for workers' compensation to receive financial benefits. The aid covers both current and future medical bills and lost wages.
Some of the most serious and debilitating injuries that can occur in the workplace include amputations of the fingers, hands or other extremities. Unfortunately, according to WCCO 4 News, Minnesota has seen an increase in reported amputation injuries in the workplace. Fifteen reports of work-related amputations have come into the state division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration since the beginning of the current fiscal year in October 2018. This allegedly marks an increase, yet statistics from previous years are not readily available.