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Meat processing often dangerous in a secretive industry

Working conditions in the meat industry can be dangerous and workers suffer many more injuries and illnesses than workers in many other fields. Also, journalists and even government agencies have found it difficult to gather information they believe the public deserves about the industry’s treatment of its workers.

This situation might surprise some Americans. A 1906 novel about the meat industry may still be the most important investigative journalism in history and is still read in many schools. The Jungle shocked America with details of immigrant workers in dangerous and disgusting working conditions in Chicago’s animal slaughterhouses and meat processing plants.

What injuries can you suffer working in an office?

You might think working in an office is fairly safe. Working at a desk all day may seem low-risk. While you might not be in danger of suffering the same injuries as a construction worker or a factory worker, there are still potential risks in an office.

Office workers and desk-bound workers can get injured too. What injuries might a desk worker have at work?

Ammonia is hazardous when handled improperly

You can find it in your home and you can find it in your office. Ammonia is a common and versatile chemical used in everything from household cleaners to lawn fertilizer to refrigeration systems. If you work in one of Minnesota’s many meat processing facilities, it’s likely you interact with ammonia every day.

Despite ammonia’s multi-purpose capabilities, you must exercise caution when handling to protect yourself and others.

Frostbite can affect workers in minutes

You may consider yourself a thick blooded northerner, but the reality is that the cold affects everyone, regardless of where they’re from. Whether you’re on a jobsite for 8 hours or making the trek across the parking lot to your office, remember that frostbite is a real danger anytime you find yourself in extreme cold.

Fortunately for employees in Minnesota, if you suffer frostbite as a result of your job, you most likely will be able to recover workers’ compensation to help with your medical bills and other expenses.

MN Supreme Court lets disability claim after workers' comp awarded

Some workplace injuries eventually heal completely. But it is common for an injured or sickened worker to never recover fully. Nevertheless, most work accident victims want to go back to work as soon as they are able. As with any disabled worker, survivors of workplace injuries in Minnesota are entitled to reasonable accommodations to allow them to do their jobs under the U.S. Americans With Disabilities Act and the state Human Rights Act.

There is obviously an intersection between workers’ compensation and employment law here. What if a person gets hurt on the job, receives workers’ compensation, and returns to work, only to be refused a reasonable accommodation by their employer? Could that person be entitled to an employment discrimination claim in addition to the workers’ comp relief?

Nurses face injury in rural Minnesota

Injuries among nurses are common. Back injuries from lifting patients, needle sticks, violence from confused patients, slips and falls – these all plague nurses.

The problem in rural areas comes from the lack of nurses. Because there are fewer nurses in rural Minnesota, their health and ability to stay on the job becomes an important factor in the community.

Computer Vision Syndrome Is Real, and It's Affecting Workers

Working in an office environment seems like one of the less dangerous professions in terms of physical problems, but it has its share of issues. One condition that office workers need to look out for is Computer Vision Syndrome, often called Digital Eye Strain.

This is a condition that can affect your well-being and work productivity, and if it's not treated and mitigated, it could lead to a longer-term injury that may take significant time to heal. 

Understanding burn injuries

The American Burn Association estimates that about 486,000 Americans receive treatment for burns each year. About 40,000 people are hospitalized for burn injuries. Most people think about touching something hot or interacting with fire when it comes to burns, but there are actually many other ways a person can be burned. Here are the four most common types of burns experienced in the workplace.

Work injury claim odds and ends

It is difficult to understand just how complex a work injury or illness can be until you yourself or a closed loved one is affected by one directly. At first glance, a work injury or illness would seem to affect the body alone. But depending on the unique circumstances surrounding the injury or illness, a worker may be compelled to grapple with a myriad of challenges related to virtually every aspect of life.

Work injuries and illnesses can affect the mind, the spirit, personal relationships, work relationships, leave balances, salary, work responsibilities, medication challenges and legal cases. These are just a few examples of the ways in which work injuries and illnesses can affect the lives of those who struggle with them.

Businesses to set their own worker injury rules?

Over the past several years, numerous individuals and organizations have lobbied state governments to pass measures that are potentially lucrative for businesses but potentially dangerous for workers. These lobbyists insist that it would be best for all involved if businesses were allowed to set the terms for how injuries are covered by compensation protections.

Thankfully, not all courts agree with this idea. In fact, the Oklahoma Supreme Court recently rejected the state law embracing this approach as unconstitutional, according to NPR. And Oklahoma isn't the only state rejecting these efforts. A number of states are striking down attempts to leave workers with inconsistent and potentially inadequate injury protections.



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