Workers in Minnesota who are exposed to excessive noise levels at their place of employment might be at risk of suffering from occupational hearing loss. Exposure to certain ototoxic chemicals at work like heavy metals, asphyxiants and solvents can also lead to hearing difficulties.
Employees of construction companies and other businesses in Minnesota that utilize excavation in their enterprise may have noted a case that happened in New Jersey with some interest. A trench that was had apparently been inappropriately constructed and maintained collapsed, killing two workers that had been digging inside it. OSHA released a statement blaming the management of the company for placing their workers in danger by failing to follow a wide variety of safety procedures.
According to authorities, a 30-year-old construction worker was killed on Feb. 27 at a Rochester construction site when he was struck in the head by a falling object. The man, who was from Utah, was reportedly working underneath a telescoping fork lift at the time of the accident.
Three Minnesota construction workers were injured in an incident at Timberwood Church. The church reportedly hired Nor-Son Inc. to complete an addition of 21,000 square feet, a project intended to grant more office and storage space for the congregation.
Car, truck and bus accidents are the most common causes of work-related fatality in Minnesota and around the country, making up 36 percent of all deaths on the job. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that from 1998 to 2000, injuries from motor vehicle accidents were setting back U.S. employers $60 billion each year, with each non-fatal injury costing just short of $74,000 and each death resulting in half a million dollars' expense in liability and direct costs combined.
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.
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.
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.
According to the Dodge County Sheriff's Office, a man died in a hay equipment accident near the Dodge Center Municipal Airport on June 6. The fatal incident was reported at approximately 2 p.m., when a passerby observed the man lying motionless beneath the equipment.
A recent aerial circus accident involving a potential equipment failure brings to mind a fatal equipment-related circus accident that took place in Minnesota 10 years ago.