A recent report that examined several aspects of civilian safety every state in the US revealed that Minnesota does a great job of keeping its workers safe.
The study, which was conducted by the National Safety Council as part of National Safety Month, looked at three key aspects of safety. The three categories were Road Safety, Home and Community Safety and Workplace Safety. No state in the US earned an A for their overall score, and seven states earned a B overall. Minnesota came in with a C grade, but that was good for 14th overall in the United States. However, when it comes to keeping workers safe, Minnesota came in at 4th overall.
Safety in the Workplace
In order to give out rankings, the National Safety Council examined several factors that made up the larger categories. States either earned full credit, partial credit or no credit depending on their local laws and regulations. When it comes to workplace safety, Minnesota earned full credit for:
- Requiring safety and health programs for employers
- Having state/local government employee OSHA coverage
- Having a state workplace safety committee law
- Having a state enhanced 911 program for employers
- Having a workplace anti-smoking law
- Having a workplace wellness law
States were also ranked on how their payments to injured workers were structured. Minnesota ranked 14th overall in the number of maximum length of weeks for payment of temporary benefits and for maximum payment per week for permanently disabled workers. The state came in 37th for the maximum length of weeks of payment for permanent disability.
Injuries In The Workplace
After collecting all the national data, researchers were able to put together a detailed infographic that looked at the state of workplace safety in America. You can take a look at that infographic below.
So although Minnesota has some of the best protections for injured workers in the nation, that doesn’t mean you should try to file your injury claim on your own. If you work with a workers’ compensation lawyer, you stand a much better chance of maximizing your injury claim. To learn more about how Dean Margolis can help you get all the compensation you deserve, click here to contact his office.
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