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Does working the night shift cause more workplace injuries?

Humans -- and all animals -- have internal clocks that regular behavior. Known as circadian rhythm, it's an often-studied part of our biology that affects how the human body responds to conditions. Behavior is different based on conditions like light and temperature.

Putting a value on injury compensation

Most people understand the basic idea behind workers' compensation. It's the concept that if you get hurt on the job, your medical expenses will be covered and you'll usually be paid for time away from work as you recover. While it's not quite that simple (there are many nuances as different situations come up), the overall premise is that a worker should be compensated for injuries sustained on the job.

Florida passes first responder workers' compensation law

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition that comes after somebody goes through a traumatic life event. Many soldiers experience it after deployment, but it's a human ailment that affects all types of work. Firefighters, police officers and emergency room nurses are just a few of the many first responders who experience troubling situations in the line of work. Coming upon a crime scene or the site of an accident can have lasting effects.

Workplace violence and workers' compensation

The severity of a workplace injury varies significantly, from mild sprains and bruises to paralysis and even death. In 2016, which is the most recent full-year data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 5,190 workplace fatalities in the US. That number continues an alarming increase in recent years, which we talked about previously.

Meat and poultry workers at risk of injury

While every job has unique dangers and some risk of injury, there are many fundamental concepts that protect workers across industries, regardless if they work in a restaurant, an office or a meatpacking plant. Nationwide safety rules like bathroom breaks, chemical testing and response to injuries are there to make workers safer, no matter what the job is. Sometimes, a workplace culture makes those basics more difficult to implement.

Workplace fatalities on the rise across US

When it comes to workplace safety, the Bureau of Labor Statistics offers a wealth of information. The organization recently finished reviewing 2016 statistics and there are some noteworthy takeaways concerning worker safety - and fatalities. 2016 is the most recent year with comprehensive data.

Workers' compensation and PTSD in Minnesota

Minnesota workers who have suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of a work-related incident - or incidents - may qualify for workers' compensation benefits, but only under certain limited circumstances. Under current law, anyone who suffered an on the job injury after October 1, 2013 that resulted in a PTSD diagnosis may be compensated for the resulting PTSD. Even in such cases, the circumstances in which workers' compensation may be awarded are limited.

Health care at higher risk for workplace injury or illness

In Minnesota, home of the Mayo Clinic, Medtronic, and UnitedHealth, health care is big business. Yet, health care settings are not usually thought of as dangerous places to work - at least not from the perspective of those outside the industry. Surprisingly though, if you work in the industry, you are at greater risk for a workplace injury than people employed in construction or manufacturing, which are typically considered more hazardous.

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.

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