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Do you work in one of the most dangerous jobs in the country?

Every job comes with some occupational hazards. However, working in certain industries puts some people at an increased risk of suffering catastrophic or fatal injuries on the job.

In this post, we will look at the 10 most dangerous jobs in the U.S. We also explore what you should know if you or your loved one works in one of these positions.

What are the long-term needs of someone with a TBI?

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can be catastrophic for victims and their families. In many cases, the victims are left with physical, mental and social needs that can't easily be fulfilled by their primary caregivers.

For example, housing needs can be a serious concern for a TBI victim. Studies indicate that people with traumatic brain injuries tend to be male and much younger than the overwhelmingly female and aged residents of nursing homes. These TBI victims don't thrive in that kind of situation. They do better when they have the kind of rehabilitative therapies available that they can't get in standard nursing homes.

Protecting your workers' compensation claim

On-the-job injuries aren't just painful. They are often financially devastating. The Minnesota workers' compensation system is supposed to help you through this difficult period of time.

That is, the insurance will help you if you can get through the process of obtaining the benefits you're due. It isn't always easy. That's why you need to act quickly to protect your claim. There are steps you should take as soon as possible to protect your ability to file a claim.

Are some power tools more dangerous than others?

If you work in construction, nobody has to tell you that your job is dangerous. You already know it and deal with the risks every day.

However, some of the tools you may use are inherently more dangerous than others. According to experts, these are the most dangerous tools in the industry:

  • Radial arm saws, which have their powerful blades climbing toward you, rather than away
  • Chop saws, which are strong enough to cut through rebar -- and are sometimes difficult to control
  • Lathes, which turn fast and are prone to catching long hair, loose sleeves and apron ties in their grip
  • Nailer guns, which have the pneumatic power to punch straight through floor tiles and fire nails very rapidly
  • Table saws, which can have an unpredictable kickback that can put your life and limbs in danger
  • Angle grinders, which rotate up to 10,000 rpm and use abrasive discs that are prone to breaking apart somewhat suddenly
  • Circular saws, especially if you make the mistake of rushing a job or removing the safety guard while you're using it
  • Chainsaws, which have no guard and can sometimes kick back on a user unexpectedly

Warehouse accidents to avoid: What workers should know

The advent of internet shopping sites like Amazon, eBay and Etsy have changed the way that a lot of Americans shop. It's also changed the way that a lot of people work. According to the United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics, warehouse jobs have increased by 90% since 2000.

Warehouses can be dangerous places to work at any time of the year, but that is especially true during the winter holiday rush. As soon as people start their holiday shopping, warehouses often get busier than ever -- and companies rely on temporary help to get them through. Most of the temp workers. However, lack experience and don't know how to recognize the top warehouse dangers. These include:

New cannabis testing devices may affect employees and employers

Minnesota, like many other states, is grappling with the changing social attitudes toward marijuana use and legislation. The possession of small amounts of cannabis has been decriminalized for decades in the state, and medicinal use of the drug is authorized for a number of hard-to-manage conditions. There's also a growing consumer preference for cannabis instead of opioids for pain control.

This has been problematic for both employers and the employees who want to use marijuana (medicinal or otherwise) on their own time. On one hand, employers are eager to move with the times and reluctant to end up in litigation when an employee needs medical marijuana. On the other hand, they also need to comply with safety regulations and keep impaired employees off the job.

First responders with PTSD qualify for workers’ comp benefits

Minnesota is one of several states that has recently passed legislation providing workers’ compensation benefits for first responders suffering from PTSD. A study says fire stations, police departments, hospitals and dispatchers across the country struggle with everyday deaths as well as the national epidemic of mass shootings.

The survey of 4,000 first responders by the Journal of Emergency Medical Services says police officers, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics and other emergency workers are ten times more likely to attempt suicide than another person, and 6% of those surveyed said they had tried to take their own lives.

State safety report shows the danger construction workers face

A new report from the Minnesota area's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) indicates that the construction industry is still incredibly dangerous to workers -- despite all the safety regulations that are supposed to be in force.

The report indicates that there have been 34 deaths due to workplace accidents in the year prior to Sept. 30, 2019. A total of 38% of those deaths were in the construction industry.

Workers' compensation claims for mental health issues rise

Workers' compensation insurers throughout the nation are seeing an influx of claims related to mental health issues, such as anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

It's unclear exactly how much of a surge in those types of claims is being seen. However, one of the large companies that manages independent medical evaluations for psychiatric claims through workers' comp has seen a 20% increase in the number of evaluations it has arranged over the last two years alone.

Slaughterhouses efficiency raises the risks for workers

Whether you call it a slaughterhouse or a meat-processing plant, working in the meat-packing industry is difficult, backbreaking and dangerous. It's also getting worse.

Increased efficiency often comes at the expense of worker safety. In most meat-packing plants, increased efficiency translates into a push to keep the line going at all costs and -- whenever possible -- move it along even faster. Speed may be an essential part of the job, but speed is also the enemy of safety.

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