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October 2014 Archives

Health care workers at risk from more than Ebola

Health care workers in Minnesota and around the country are exposed to more risks to their health and safety than workers in any other private sector, according to data from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This fact was brought to many people's attention when reports came out about a second hospital worker who contracted Ebola on the job.

Work-related back injuries cost billions each year

Minnesota readers may be interested to learn that, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, back pain is the second leading cause of missed work, behind only the common cold. More than one million workers suffer from back pain each year. The most common types of back injuries that occur at work are herniated discs and muscle strains and sprains.

Workplace injuries at the loading docks

Employees in Minnesota may benefit from learning more about the workplace accidents that commonly occur at the loading docks. Jobs at these locations are often dangerous due to trucks frequenting the area and heavy materials being moved across the floor by machinery equipment. Workplace injuries often occur at the loading docks due to accidents involving trucks pulling out early and lifts falling over.

Worker fatally injured in equipment-related accident

Authorities in Minnesota are investigating a fatal workplace accident at the Supervalu Distribution Center in Hopkins on Sept. 21. The victim, a 51-year-old Minneapolis man, died from the injuries he suffered when he became trapped using the company's equipment.