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Workers’ compensation: Can you choose your doctor?

Workers’ compensation covers your medical expenses and lost wages due to workplace injury. Workers’ compensation also reduces your employer’s liability if you are hurt on the job.

If you have been injured at work, it is crucial that you report the injury to your employer immediately. Your employer must complete a First Report of Injury form on your behalf within 10 days of being notified.

Could sleep deprivation lead to an industrial accident?

Americans tend to be sleep deprived. The struggle to maintain a work-life balance isn't easy, and the pressure of keeping up with work, managing a household and -- every so often -- having a social life can make it difficult for people to get the sleep they need.

However, a lack of sleep isn't just likely to make you grouchy or cause dark circles under your eyes. It could literally maim or kill you if you happen to work around heavy machinery in an industrial setting.

The aging of the construction industry

"Working construction" used to be a young person's occupation. After all, younger people are better suited to the labor-intensive work of construction than older workers whose bodies are starting to show the signs of a lifetime of wear and tear.

Well, in recent years, the construction industry's workforce has been getting older.

Know the 'fatal four' construction accidents

If you work in construction, nobody has to tell you that your job is dangerous. However, some dangers are more significant than others.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the top four causes of fatalities in construction include:

  1. Falls
  2. Struck-by injuries
  3. Electrocutions
  4. Caught-in or caught-between accidents

What happens to workers' compensation when you start to improve?

Here's a common scenario you could experience: You're seriously injured on the job and have to take time off work. Eventually, your doctor says you can return to work, but with restrictions.

What are your obligations? What are your options?

Study: Crashes common in work zones

A new study released by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) showed that over two-thirds of construction firms said a car crashed into their highway work zones in the past year. The stats highlight what roadworkers already know: Highway work is dangerous.

As massive roadwork projects continue on Minnesota’s interstate highways, it’s important to keep safety in mind when you head out on your summer road trips.

Minneapolis nurses demand safer working conditions

The problem of assaults on medical workers may be at an all-time high -- and the nurses in Minneapolis metro area have had enough.

The Minnesota Nurses Association is negotiating new contract terms with several metro hospitals. One key provision that the nurses want to see is better protection against workplace violence and assaults.

What are the deadliest jobs in the country?

While any Minnesota worker in any environment faces some risks, there are jobs out there where employees are more prone to work-related injuries or even death.

Analyzing information originally gathered by the United States government, one group has identified the ten deadliest jobs in the country, at least as of 2017. While some of these careers are among the usual suspects when it comes to unsafe working environments, others may come as a bit of a surprise.

Statistics: Minnesota improving workplace safety

As this blog has reported before, our state has a relatively good track record for workplace safety, at least in some respects. The good news for residents of the greater Twin Cities area is that the state continues to improve in its effort to prevent workplace accidents.

According to numbers reported by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, which among other things administers the workers' compensation program, as of 2017, our state enjoyed its lowest ever rate of workplace accidents. Specifically, there were 3.3 reportable work-related illnesses and injuries per 100 full-time workers in this state, a drop from 3.4 in 2016.

Important tips to help workers stay safe from back injuries

Back injuries at work can be very serious because you use your back for almost everything you do. It is imperative that work places have protocol for reducing the risk of incidents that can lead to this. It is easy to think that the workers should be the ones who are responsible for safety, but the responsibility actually falls on the employers.

No matter what industry a company falls under, employers and employees can benefit from knowing some information about what the more common causes of back injuries are. This helps them ensure that they have adequate protocol to address the issues.

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