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June 2014 Archives

Preventing workplace injuries with ergonomics

Injuries at the workplace are costing employers and their employees in Minnesota and nationwide billions of dollars per each year. One reason for such expense is from employees taking time off due to injuries that may have been preventable. Common injuries workplace injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, lower back pain and tendonitis. Ergonomics is the science of proper workplace conditions to accommodate employees in their jobs.

Sleep deprivation and high-risk jobs

Employees who perform dangerous work roles face even greater dangers of injury or death from fatigue, especially in the hours shortly after the lunch period referred to as the 'mid-afternoon dip," said a safety advisor for the Meadowbrook Insurance Group in Minnesota. Speaking at the American Association of Safety Engineers' Safety 2014 conference held in Orlando, Florida, on June 11, the speaker further explained the negative effects caused by employees' lack of adequate sleep. Not only does sleep deprivation pose serious physical dangers and possible death for workers, but it also complicates workers' compensation claims and the amount of time workers need for recuperation from job-related injuries, he said.

Increased enforcement planned for ammonium nitrate

While Minnesota is not at the top of the list for states that have ammonium nitrate located in chemical storage facilities, it was recently reported that the federal list is largely incomplete. Only about one-third of the facilities are known to Homeland Security, with 47 states reporting 1,345 facilities, which may create issues with both environmental and worker protection. It has been found that 120 of these locations in 28 states are near hospitals, schools and residential areas.

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