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July 2014 Archives

Power line accident kills worker, injures another

Authorities in Minnesota have reported that an accident at the site of a power line construction project on July 28 claimed the life of one worker and left another injured. There were no immediate reports regarding the severity of the worker injury or the man's chances of recovery. The workplace accident occurred around 8:45 a.m. near Fairfax in Renville County.

OSHA acts to curb tower climber deaths

New federal safety regulations that were announced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in April were to begin in July. According to the new OSHA directive, employers in Minnesota and nationwide have until April 2015 to comply with the new regulations banning "free climbing" for workers, a common practice on electrical transmission towers. People working on cellphone towers have worked under a similar ban since the 1990s.

Workers injured due to lack of lockout/tagout procedures

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is reviewing problems associated with the food industry's lockout/tagout procedures. As many business owners in Minnesota may know, having a comprehensive safety plan in place when machines are serviced may save a company a great deal of money. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's lockout/tagout standard was the most commonly cited violation in 2012 and 2013 with more than $894,000 in fines.

The risks and pay of high-risk jobs

The highest risk jobs in different parts of the United States, including Minnesota, pay anywhere from over $35,000 to more than $129,000, according to the National Safety Council. The occupation considered the most dangerous, driving semi or delivery trucks or working as a sales delivery driver, has an average annual salary of between $27,530 and $40,940, according to the agency. The rate or injury for this type of job is 22.1 per every 100,000 workers. In 2012, these industries had over 65,000 non-fatal injuries.

2 Minnesota DOT workers injured in I-35 accident

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, two Department of Transportation workers were injured when a car crashed into their truck on Interstate 35. The June 22 accident reportedly happened on a Burnsville stretch of the interstate between Black Dog and Cliff roads just before 4 p.m.