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.
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.
Workers in the Minnesota area might not realize it, but it is actually fairly likely that, on a given day, they will either get hurt at work themselves or may witness a significant workplace accident. According to an analysis by the National Safety Council, someone in this country gets hurt at work at an average rate of 7 seconds. The Council arrived at this number by dividing the approximately 4.5 million work-related injuries that happen annually.