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Your workers’ compensation rights as a game volunteer

The 2018 NFL Championship game is fast approaching, driving a lot of excitement for Minnesota residents. We last hosted the big game 26 years ago in 1992 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis.

Hosting at the new U.S. Bank Stadium will be the responsibility of 10,000 “Crew 52” volunteers. If you are among this elite group, you should keep in mind what your rights are as a volunteer to receive workers’ compensation should an accident occur during the game and the 10 days leading up to it.

Repetitive stress injuries can keep you from working and earning

For many blue collar workers, every day involves the same kind of physical exertion. Maybe you work in production or assembly, so you spend all day on your feet, moving your hands rapidly. Perhaps you drive a forklift or a hi-lo, putting strain on your forearms, wrists and hands for your entire shift. Whatever your task at work, if there aren't substantial work variations and ergonomic accommodations in place to protect your body, you could be at risk of injury.

It is incredibly common for those who work in factories or other blue collar jobs to perform the same task over and over. Unfortunately, that kind of repetitive work can result in damage to your body, ranging from soft tissue problems to joint or bone damage and even nerve damage. The resulting conditions, called repetitive stress injuries, can have a long-term impact on your ability to continue performing your job.

Understanding Minnesota's workers' compensation benefits

When people think of workers' compensation benefits, they then to think of two things. First, medical coverage for injuries sustained in the workplace. Second, wage replacement for those who get hurt and are unable to work as a result. While Minnesota does offer both of these kinds of benefits, there is more to workers' compensation than most people realize.

If you or someone you love has sustained serious injuries at work, you're probably concerned about what kind of benefits you can expect. Wage replacement won't cover the full amount of the injured person's weekly income, and sometimes claims end up denied by an employer. Read on to understand how you get protected by workers' compensation.

School custodians, back injuries and workers' compensation

If you are employed as a custodian or janitor with one of our local school districts, chances are good there have been many changes in the schools since you were a student walking the halls.

Some changes are for the better, like the increased ability of students to learn over different types of media, via computers in the classrooms that are connected to the internet.

3 regulations that keep you safe as a radiologist

As a radiologist, you help many people find out if they've broken bones or if they have other problems in their bodies. Unfortunately, X-rays themselves are incredibly dangerous if handled inappropriately. Those who work with X-ray technology have a higher risk of certain kinds of cancers, for example.

While there are safety techniques that reduce the risk to those working in radiology, there's no way to completely eliminate radiation exposure. On top of that, other risks, like the risk of repetitive-motion injuries or back or neck injuries, are still possible.

Dangers that baggage handlers face at work

When packing for a trip, most people who plan on checking their luggage consider the weight of their bags because it's commonly known that if a bag weighs over a certain amount they might be forced to pay an extra fee. What they don't think about is who will be handling their bag and how the constant heavy lifting affects those individuals.

Safety Violations At U.S. Bank Stadium: When Minnesota Workers Get Hurt

The Minnesota Vikings have moved into U.S. Bank Stadium, their brand new $1.1 billion dollar home in downtown Minneapolis, hoping not to disappoint their loyal fans. But Teddy Bridgewater wasn't the only one who was injured in the run-up to the team's inaugural season in the massive, glassy venue that replaced the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

Sadly, one 35-year-old worker died and another worker was injured in a fall from a roof at U.S. Bank Stadium in August 2015, and other workers were hurt during the construction of the behemoth structure. In relation to the fatal fall, contractor Mortenson Construction and subcontractor Berwald Roofing were cited and fined for serious safety violations, according to the Star Tribune. What does this incident say about the safety of construction workers in the Twin Cities?

How Much Is My Back Injury Worth?

Getting hurt on the job can cause numerous problems. A back injury can affect you physically, mentally, emotionally and financially. And if you are hurt, your family may suffer, too.

The Minnesota workers' compensation system is complicated. If you have questions about how much workers' comp wage replacement you can expect to receive -- and if you're wondering about how to cover your medical costs -- you need to get those questions answered.

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