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Injured truck driver sues Swift Transportation

Minnesota residents may have read about a recent report regarding a second lawsuit filed against Swift Transportation. In the lawsuit, a former female driver claims that the company is to blame for the permanent injuries she suffered while working for the company.

Hazardous energy dangers on the job

An electrical short in a piece of equipment is an example of a situation in which a hazardous energy release could injure or even kill a Minnesota worker. Those involved in the maintenance and repair of various types of equipment are most at risk of such incidents although others could be harmed if hazardous energy is not properly controlled. It is estimated that close to 10 percent of serious accidents in many occupations result from hazardous energy issues, causing an average of 24 lost workdays per incident for those who must recuperate from their injuries.

The aging workforce and safety considerations in Minnesota

A large number of baby boomers are choosing to remain in the workforce for longer times than did their predecessors. This means that the workforce is gradually aging. By 2022, it is estimated that 25 percent of workers will be 55 or older.

Microwave popcorn workers at risk for lung disease

Factory workers in Minnesota who deal with various types of food flavorings may be at risk for developing flavorings-related lung disease. Workers in microwave popcorn plants may be especially at risk for developing an obstructive lung disease like obliterative bronchiolitis. The lung disease is irreversible and can be severe.

Electrical hazards and safety precautions at the workplace

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 160 U.S. workers were fatally wounded from an electric-related accident in 2014. These accidents in Minnesota and around the country are most commonly caused from high-voltage shocks and shocks that are followed by burns.

The risk of combustible dust in metal processing

Metal processing workers in Minnesota should be aware of the potential for workplace explosions from combustible dust. In certain conditions, the materials that compose the dust in a metal processing plant could energetically react, causing fires and dust explosions. Combustible dust can be extremely unpredictable since dust can sit dormant for years before it explodes.

Improving lockout practices for Minnesota workers

Minnesota employers invest a significant amount of time in improving workplace safety, but some programs fail to prevent injury even with basic lockout equipment. Proper management is essential when it comes to ensuring safe lockout procedures. Engagement is one of the most crucial elements of any lockout program, and it begins with assigning a go-to person for one or several machines. This go-to person is responsible for observing and providing guidance for employees who are unfamiliar with a machine.

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.

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.