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How Safe Are Road Construction Work Zones?

Road construction workers are hoping for better protections to make work zones safer. A recent op-ed article in the Minneapolis StarTribune highlights the dangers that contractors and road construction workers face every day. While Minnesota was once recognized as a leader in safety for road construction workers, the common use of technological devices in cars has increased distractions for motorists. Our face-paced lifestyle has increased the speed at which cars travel on the road, including in work zones. While many factors may be at play in creating hazards for workers, moving vehicles on the highway are a constant threat to road-worker safety.

Factory Work And Food Processing Jobs Carry High Risk For Injury

Factory work, manufacturing jobs, meatpacking occupations and similar industrial professions carry a high risk of injury for workers. Injuries vary widely in industrial settings. Workers may experience hearing loss due to excessive noise in the workplace - in fact, hearing loss is one of the most common forms of occupational injury in the United States. Other hazards may include slippery floors, dangerous heavy machinery, and overexertion - leading to repetitive stress injuries.

Firefighters Push To Change Workers' Compensation Law For PTSD

Awareness of the causes and effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome has grown substantially in recent years, especially with regard to our veterans returning from combat. However, many workers in Minnesota face traumatic events while on the job. Health care professionals, security guards and first responders often experience traumatic events while doing their jobs. An armed robbery at a convenience store, a violent incident at any establishment or office building, as well as a life-threatening accident may all trigger PTSD.

Can Posting On Social Media Affect Your Workers' Comp Claim?

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and a host of other social media platforms have become an integral part of daily life for many people. Researchers say that we have an innate desire to share information about our lives with others. Roughly 80 percent of posts listed on social media outlets involve simple comments about a person's recent activities or daily experiences. With the ease of access to post a comment at a moment's notice, many people do not think twice about how the post may be perceived.

Common Workplace Hazards for Health Care Professionals

No matter how many precautions they take, health care professionals face several hazards on a daily basis while doing their job. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 56,000 work-related illnesses and injuries in U.S. hospitals in 2013. Here is some information about the most common workplace hazards for health care professionals.

The Slowly Developing Work Injury Related To Repetitive Strains

Not all work-related injuries are linked to a single distinct event, such as an accident. The daily grind of many jobs may lead to a cumulative stress injury that can be debilitating. Many people may have heard of carpal tunnel syndrome, a common repetitive strain injury in today's workforce. However, repetitive stress injuries can affect many areas of the neck, back, shoulders and limbs.

Truck drivers face a significant risk of injury every day

The trucking industry is highly regulated. However, that does not mean that professionals who transport goods across town or over the road are fully protected from unreasonable demands and other hazards that increase the risk for injury. Over the road and local truck drivers often face a variety of issues that drivers of passenger vehicles may not fully understand.

Keep it down! Hearing Loss is #1 in the Workplace

If you are experiencing some form of hearing loss, you're not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4 million workers go to work each day in damaging noise. Additionally, 22 million workers are exposed to hazardous noise each year. The occupational hazards associated with hearing loss are very expensive.

OSHA Confirms Nurses Face a Higher Risk for Injury than Any Other Profession

People in any industry can suffer an injury on the job. Some occupations are regarded as being dangerous. Often, when speaking of workplace injuries, the construction industry gets a lot of attention. However, healthcare workers know that hazards exist in hospitals, nursing homes, and residential care facilities.

Construction workers: Staying safe in the heat

Employees or contractors who work in the heat have an increased likelihood of heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat stroke. Your body attempts to regulate its own temperature by forcing blood to the surface of our skin. That means that there is less blood to go to your brain, organs and muscles. Prolonged exposure can be extremely dangerous.

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