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November 2014 Archives

Preventing falls at work in Minnesota

Falls present a significant risk of injury to workers in the construction industry as well as in general industry jobs. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration, or OSHA, has multiple regulations in place for employers to follow in order to reduce the number of fall-related injuries that occur each year.

Ways to prevent workplace accidents

Workplace accidents injure thousands of people a year and cost billions of dollars. Minnesota workers might be interested to learn that 73.1 percent of workplace injuries in 2010 were caused by one of five things, according to Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index. These included falling to a lower level, falling on the same level, being hit by an object, excess exertion and bodily reactions, such as bending or reaching. Thankfully, there are ways to help prevent workplace injuries linked to the aforementioned causes.

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Between 4 and 10 million Americans are affected by carpal tunnel syndrome, and it may be the most common disorder related to nerve function. Fortunately, it is considered to be very treatable. Many conditions are mislabeled as carpal tunnel syndrome, but certain symptoms and physiological factors set it apart from other disorders, and it is important for residents of Minnesota to understand the difference.

How musculoskeletal disorders can be prevented in the workplace

Minnesota employers should be aware that musculoskeletal disorders resulted in 33 percent of all work-related injuries in 2011. Because a musculoskeletal disorder affects an employee's performance or ability to work, an injury could result in an employee taking time off from work to recover. Not only can this affect a company's operations, it can also cost the company money if the workplace is considered unsafe.

Central cord syndrome effects on workers

Minnesota workers who suffer an injury to their spine should rightfully be concerned with more than the direct impact of the injury. The spine is responsible for sending messages between the brain and other locations in the body. An injury to this area of the body can have lasting effects on other portions of the body.