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OSHA's prioritized approach to inspections

If you have ever been concerned about safety at your place of work in Minnesota, you might have wondered how safety hazards are monitored and how you can be protected. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration does actually conduct inspections of job locations but due to the sheet volume of businesses it could theoretically inspect. These inspections are carried out by compliance safety and health officers who are trained to identify hazards.

Most common workplace safety standard violations

In Minnesota and across the nation, there are many safety standards in place. These exist in order to keep workers from being harmed while on the job. However, there are many safety violations that occur at jobs all across the board, potentially putting the lives and well-being of workers at risk.

Should you prepare for construction dangers this spring?

Spring is just around the corner, even if the recent weather makes it hard to believe. As you know, it will be more common to see construction in Minnesota once the weather warms up. Spring and summer means construction season for most states across the country, and this might also mean an increase in accidents, whether you work in the construction industry or are a pedestrian near worksites.

How dangerous are elevators in the workplace?

If you are a Minnesota worker whose job requires you to work on, in or near elevators, your risk of injury or even death is substantially greater than that of general elevator passengers. The Center for Construction Research and Training reports that approximately 17,000 people are injured each year in elevator accidents and 31 are killed.

New electrical standards highlight safety

Minnesota residents who work in jobs that involve close contact with electrical lines, receptacles and more know that safety is or at least should be a top priority at all times. This is why the Occupational Safety Health Administration has created multiple sets of safety standards that relate to electricity.

Vehicular risks to agricultural workers

September often marks a portion of the heart of the harvest season on farms all around Minnesota. The weather is typically still good and allows workers ample access and long enough days to gather crops from the fields. However, the work associated with the harvest can provide many risks to farmers and employees. A great many of these are related to tractors and other vehicles used to collect crops.

Worker safety may be at risk with rule changes

Minnesota residents who work in jobs in which they are routinely exposed to harsh chemicals or other substances known to be hazardous to their health deserve to know that their employers are taking appropriate steps to keep them safe from these materials. This safety can take the form of providing training for all workers, establishing clear safety practices and guidelines and monitoring the adherence to safety protocols.

What risks do farm workers face?

Do you or does someone you love work on a farm in Minnesota? If so, you know both the great joy that can come from this line of work as well as the hazards that may be faced on a daily basis. Whether work is performed on a farm that grows agriculture, raises animals or collects and processes dairy products, the number of dangers that workers encounter everyday are many. The injuries and illnesses that may arise from these dangers can leave people with lifelong problems and, in some cases, may even take their lives.

Minnesota industry to see new safety regulations

Many Minnesota residents are injured or even killed every year due to falling at work. These falls might happen from a high level down many stories or even on one level such as might happen after tripping over an obstacle. These incidents leave individuals and their families suffering needlessly as many falls are believed to be preventable.

OSHA inspections and penalties

Minnesota residents deserve to know and feel that their work environment is safe and that their employers take appropriate efforts to keep people safe. While ideally this should happen simply because it is right, there are also laws in place to help encourage this. These laws include not only guidelines as to what constitutes a safe or hazard-free environment but also what may happen if a violation of these guidelines occurs.

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