Work Injuries by Job Type
Minnesota relies on a diverse labor force to support its economy. But the wide variety of jobs also means that thousands of workers suffer work injuries each year, which may put them out of work for weeks, months, or even years.
Our Minnesota Workers Compensation lawyers have helped people who work in many different occupations, such as:
- Agriculture and Farming
Farmers and agricultural workers are at risk of injuries from sharp implements, heavy equipment, and even repetitive movements.
Construction workers operate heavy equipment at busy work sites and may suffer a variety of serious injuries if supervisors, foremen, subcontractors and co-workers don’t follow proper safety procedures.
Teachers and instructors can develop painful injuries in the classroom, on field trips, or even in the school gymnasium.
Forestry workers are at risk of injury from falling trees, heavy equipment, or traffic accidents while hauling timber from job sites.
- Highway Maintenance Workers/Road Crews
Road crews often work just feet away from traffic passing at high speeds, which puts them at high risk of injuries.
- Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Landscapers and groundskeepers are exposed to dangerous equipment, like lawn mowers and sharp blades.
- Maids and Housekeeping
People who work in housekeeping and other cleaning occupations can suffer joint pain and damage from performing repetitive tasks for hours every day.
Miners are at risk of suffering injuries during cave-ins and from inhaling dangerous chemicals and gases.
Workers in manufacturing plants can develop repetitive stress injuries or suffer serious trauma if they come in contact with dangerous chemicals or heavy machinery.
- Nursing and Healthcare Workers
Contagious diseases, joint pain and degeneration, and slip and fall injuries are all risks faced by nurses and healthcare workers.
- Office and Administrative Support
Office workers can develop painful injuries, like carpal tunnel syndrome and eye strain, from working at their desks for hours every day.
- Retail Workers
Lifting heavy boxes, standing in one place for hours, and slipping on wet floors can cause retail workers to get hurt on the job.
- Service Occupations
Service workers in the food, law enforcement, security, and cleaning industries can get hurt in a variety of ways because of the nature of their jobs.
- Service Technicians and Mechanic
Service techinicians and mechanics who work in repair centers may get injured by hydraulic machines, dangerous chemicals, and other hazards.
People who drive commercial vehicles for a living are at an increased risk of being involved in auto accidents that can cause life-threatening and disabling injuries.
- Undocumented Workers
Undocumented workers often perform job tasks that can be dangerous, but they may feel like they have no resource after suffering on-the-job injuries.
- Union Workers
People who belong to unions often have jobs that put them at risk of suffering injuries, but they may be hesitant to speak up due to fear of their employer or union retaliation.
Metal workers use intense heat and toxic fluids to weld, cut, and solder metal, but they can suffer severe burns and develop occupational illnesses if their workplace doesn’t provide proper safety equipment.