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September 2015 Archives

Harvest time: a dangerous time for the farming industry

Farming is a dangerous occupation in Minnesota and around the country. According to a 2013 report by the Department of Labor, for every 100,000 people employed within the agricultural industry in the U.S., 500 of them die in connection with their occupation.

Detecting brain bleeding from the onset of TBI

Minnesota workers may want to learn more about medical innovations that enable physicians to detect if the brain is bleeding following a traumatic brain injury. A recent study found that military personnel receiving imaging shortly after sustaining a TBI may be getting better treatment in a shorter amount of time. According to researchers, the microbleeding that causes stroke, brain swelling and other serious conditions can be detected early by physicians with the help of an MRI.

Advances in flashlight technology keep workers safe

Many industrial workers rely on lanterns and flashlights to see in low-light work environments, and advancements in lighting technology keep them safer. Minnesota employers and employees alike might benefit from knowing about these enhanced lighting technologies.

Policies and safety equipment help protect welders

As Minnesota workers may know, welding is a dangerous job and more so if fire safety policies are not in place. Workers becoming familiar with the type of work and where it is done can lead to complacency and a lack of precaution. Taking time to inspect one's work place before starting is a good way to stay safe.

Fogged lenses cause eye injury in the workplace

As many Minnesota workers may know, an eye injury is common in the workplace and one that could be lessened if safety measures were followed. About 2,000 eye injuries happen every day at work. While some companies lack eye safety policies, other issues are involved. According to one volunteer safety and health group, up to 90 percent of eye workplace injuries are preventable with safety goggles. Not all workers use them, however. One study found that 66 percent of workers complained of fogginess as a reason not to use protective eyewear.