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Depression is commonly caused by a workplace accident

Being injured at work can affect every aspect of your life. Not only will you likely be in a lot of pain and struggling to complete daily tasks, but you'll also have to spend time at home or in the hospital or at home recovering, while unable to earn a living and get to work.

Construction safety standards that you should know

If you are a construction worker employed by a company, you should be protected by the safety standards that they put in place. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets regulations that employers must follow to prevent injury and death in the workplace.

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.

Steps to take to use ladders safely

One of the most common types of accidents is a ladder fall, and it can happen in all manner of industries. Workers use ladders in stores to reach high shelves. Construction workers use them every day. Warehouse workers use them when pulling orders. There are countless examples, and every one relates to a potential fall risk.

Improving safety at the Minnesota workplace

With all the advancements in technology today, workplace leaders have no excuse for exposing their employees to unsafe workplace environments. Electronic devices that can efficiently alert all employees to immanent dangers and emergencies can play a key role in keeping everyone safe, no matter how large the campus or employee population may be.

Laboratory responsibilities to protect workers

Laboratory workers in Minnesota may face serious dangers at work, especially if they handle biological, chemical, radioactive or other toxins on the job. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are over 500,000 lab workers in the United States. OSHA has issued laboratory standards to provide federal guidelines for workplace safety in order to protect these workers from physical injuries, toxic exposure and occupational disease. The guidelines apply to a variety of laboratory settings, including academic labs, chemical storage rooms and loading docks for laboratories.

Three-step plan for fall prevention in the workplace

Fall protection violations are the most widely cited of all OSHA violations. This is unsettling when one considers how falls are responsible for 15% of worker deaths in general and 33% of construction worker deaths in particular. Every year, work-related falls cost Minnesota and the rest of the U.S. around $7 billion in workers' compensation claims and medical care.

Silicosis causes severe lung damage in workers

Construction workers in Minnesota need to be aware of the dangers of inhaling crystalline silica. Crystalline silica is a dangerous mineral that causes a condition known as silicosis. Over 2 million construction workers and 300,000 workers in the hydraulic manufacturing, maritime and general industry fields are exposed to it.

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