February 2018 Archives
If you operate a forklift at your Minnesota workplace, you should have already received training specific to this type of motor vehicle. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration acknowledges a number of risks that frequently lead to on-the-job injuries. One major hazard is the tipover.
When people think of Minnesota, taconite mines probably are not the first things that come to their minds. Nevertheless, taconite mining is big business in Minnesota, employing thousands of miners and ancillary workers. The dark side of this is that our taconite miners have a high risk of developing mesothelioma, an incurable form of cancer. So said a 2014 study that the University of Minnesota School of Public Health conducted. At the time, they assumed the asbestos in taconite was what was causing the cancer.
The prevalence of workplace accidents is no secret, especially in high-risk industries such as construction, manufacturing and health care. The sad part is that although these occupations are dangerous, most accidents are completely avoidable.
For many companies in Minnesota, the thought of an OSHA investigator walking through the door is both terrifying and stressful. Many businesses are unable to see the value of such investigations because their vision is clouded with concerns about the way they conduct their organizational processes. However, encounters with OSHA do not have to be negative and can actually provide many advantages to businesses everywhere.
Often, when people in Saint Paul are injured at work, the actual pain stemming from their injuries may not be the worst thing they are forced to deal with. Rather, it could be learning to cope with the limitations that their injuries now place on them. People typically derive a great deal of satisfaction from their careers. When those careers are taken away from them, it may be akin to one losing his or her sense of identity. On top of that, there is the financial uncertainty that those whose work-related injuries keep them from returning to their careers must also face.