A study published in the Journal of Community Health has found that nearly half of all protective service workers and military workers in Minnesota and across the U.S. suffered the consequences of short sleep duration in 2018. These two groups, the former of which include police officers and firefighters, are the most sleep-deprived of all occupation groups.
Workplace safety will ideally be a point of emphasis for companies in Minnesota and throughout the nation. However, safety cultures are generally created and fostered by company owners and top managers. Furthermore, business owners are typically better able to foster such cultures by actively advocating for what they want to see. For instance, senior leadership should create an environment in which workers feel comfortable reporting accidents or looking out for hazards on their own. They should also feel comfortable helping each other stay safe on the job.
Minnesota residents know that pesticide exposure is unhealthy, but what they may not have known is that it raises the risk of heart attack and stroke in particular. This was the conclusion of a study conducted by the University of Hawaii. It involved 7,557 Japanese-American men on the island of Oahu who had been observed for over 40 years as part of the Kuakini Honolulu Heart Program.
Minnesota construction workers like you have to put yourself at risk every time you work in your field. Sometimes, no matter how many precautions you take and how safe you are, the negligence of other employees or even your employers can cause you harm.
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.
Construction workers know that the safety standards they learned during their training are vital in keeping them and their associates safe. Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in Minnesota, as well as the rest of the country. If a safety procedure is ignored or done improperly, it is not only construction workers who can be endangered. Innocent bystanders can be hurt or killed as well.
Spring is here and along with the daffodils and budding trees, Minnesota residents can look forward to road construction. While drivers may consider road construction a pain, residents may also understand that it is necessary to keep the roads and communities safe and in good repair. At Lindberg Law, P.C., we are certain you have a deeper appreciation for work zone safety if construction is your job.
Safety is a high priority at many Minnesota workplaces. If your job involves frequent lifting, it is important to use proper lifting techniques to prevent an injury.
Sauk Rapids residents do not need to be told that Minnesota's winters can become extremely cold. You feel this every day during the winter season, especially if you labor in a profession that involves a lot of work outdoors (such as the construction industry). With the winter fast approaching, it is important to know not only how to protect yourself from the cold, but also what obligations your employer has to do so, as well. Many come to us here at Lindberg Law, P.C. after having suffered an injury from exposure while at work thinking that they have no legal recourse. That may not be case.
When it comes to protecting workers, Minnesota employers should not neglect the issue of workplace noise. While some jobs do not feature loud work environments, industries like construction, manufacturing and maintenance do produce a lot of noise that can damage the hearing of workers. While workplace noise can be reduced by administrative or mechanical means, it is not always possible, so employers should take steps to protect their workers.