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5 common barista injuries

As a barista, you are at the forefront of the booming cafe industry. You face a lot of pressure and high demands to create quality beverages in a fast-paced environment. As you work in a busy and small environment, you may suffer workplace injuries

You may not think that working in a coffee shop is dangerous, but it can be. Take a look at some common hazards facing baristas.

Who bears responsibility for your work-related injury?

Like most of your neighbors in Minnesota, you pride yourself on your work ethic. After all, you bring dedication and skill with you to the job site every day. Of course, if you sustain an injury at work, you may not be able to provide for yourself and your family. Even worse, you could have a long-term disability that prevents you from ever working again. 

With most work-related injuries, filing a workers’ compensation claim is the best course of action. That is, the system usually provides compensation without requiring individuals to prove fault. In some cases, though, someone other than an employer or worker bears responsibility for injuries. In these situations, filing a third-party suit may be an effective strategy for ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve. 

Minnesota workers' compensation claims dropping

Sustaining an injury on the job happens, and when it does, filing a workers' compensation claim may seem downright scary. While it may seem as if people are suffering workplace injuries more and more, the opposite is actually true. The rate of claims filed in Minnesota is dropping year over year.

In a study commissioned by the Department of Labor and Industry, the downward trend in payouts indicates that fewer workers are getting hurt. The data demonstrate a 54 percent drop since 1996. What is behind this decrease?

What to talk to your doctor about after a car accident

While a majority of car accidents result in minor injuries, there are plenty that result in fatalities. Minnesota experienced a drop in car-accident-related fatalities when 392 people lost their lives in 2016, in contrast with 411 in 2015, according to the Office of Traffic Safety

If you find yourself with injuries following a car crash, then you need to see a doctor immediately, preferably within 24 hours of the incident. There are some instances where a person does not feel any pain right after a collision, but there are plenty of health conditions that have hidden symptoms. Play it safe and see a doctor. When you are at the office, here are some topics to broach. 

3 common reasons manufacturing employees get hurt

If you work in manufacturing, you know how strenuous and dangerous your work can be. Your job requires you to work with hazardous materials, heavy equipment and loud noises all the time. Staying safe in a factory or warehouse job may prove to be difficult, especially if your employer does not take the necessary precautions to protect you.

Over 100,000 manufacturing employees get hurt on the job every year. But what exactly is causing so many injuries? Here are some of the top reasons you may suffer an injury while manufacturing.

Top 3 retail workplace hazards for young workers

If you work in retail, you know it can be a stressful and demanding job. However, you may not be aware that there are unique hazards in the retail industry that put you at risk of injuries. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that approximately 23,000 young retail workers miss work due to retail workplace injuries

To avoid a retail accident, it is important to know some facts and follow safety tips. Read below to learn how you can recognize retail hazards and prevent workplace injuries.

Top 3 causes of restaurant fires

The food services industry has a unique risk for fires. Fire hazards can cause serious burns, sometimes lead to death. If you work in a restaurant, it is imperative you know about the most common causes of restaurant fires. 

Identifying fire hazards and understanding safety measures is key for avoiding and preventing these dangerous events. Below is an overview of the primary fire dangers in commercial kitchens. 

Workplace heat exposure can lead to heat stress, illness

If you work outside, in a kitchen or in any number of other environments where high temperatures are often the norm, you run the risk of developing heat-related stresses and illnesses. Depending on your profession and whether you work indoors or outdoors, the threat may become even more severe during the summer months.

To reduce your chances of suffering a heat-related illness or injury on the job, it is important to identify your risk factors and attempt to minimize them wherever possible.

Can a workplace accident cause post-traumatic stress disorder?

Post-traumatic stress disorder may often come to mind when you think of soldiers coming back from battle, but what you may not realize is that PTSD can be a severe reaction to any type of stressful or traumatic situation. Everything from child abuse to the death of a loved one to an accident at the workplace can result in a condition that makes it difficult to function in everyday life. As many symptoms of PTSD relate to the place the incident occurred, it may be hard to earn a paycheck if the traumatic event happened at work.

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