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June 2018 Archives

Ag firm sets bar for workplace safety in Minnesota

In Minnesota and across the United States, June is National Safety Month. According to the National Safety Council, National Safety Month is observed every year to increase awareness and decrease incidence of the main causes of injuries or fatalities at work - as well as at home and on the road. As part of National Safety Month, the NSC acknowledges businesses that have demonstrated exemplary safety records by reducing or eliminating workplace accidents and injuries.

Survey: Minnesota second in country for workplace safety

Each year, many workers are killed while on the job, and more are in the construction industry than in any other sector of the United States economy. According to the AFL-CIO, 92 workers lost their lives in workplace accidents in Minnesota in 2016, the latest year for which figures were available. Nationwide, more than 5,100 died on the job. Of these, 991 were killed in workplace accidents while working construction jobs.

Does your injury qualify for workers’ compensation?

Suffering an injury on the job usually leads to a workers' compensation claim to provide medical care for the injured worker and to compensate him or her for lost wages, among other things. However, especially in the modern world where job roles are not always easy to define and employers may look for any reason they can use to deny coverage to a worker, it is important to understand whether an injury qualifies under workers' compensation.

Workplace accidents, fatalities should be avoidable in Minnesota

After several years with a workplace fatality rate consistently well-below the national average, Minnesota's rate of work place fatalities has risen since 2014 from 2.3 deaths per 100,000 workers to 3.4 deaths per 100,000 workers. This puts the North Star State on par with the national workplace fatality rate of 3.6 deaths per 100,000 workers. Minnesota's steep rise is not reflected on a national level, where the on-the-job death rate has remained between 3.5 and 4 fatalities per 100,000 workers since 2007.

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