How employers can mitigate workplace accidents

Employers are responsible for making sure that their workers are safe at all times while doing their jobs. One way for employers to promote workplace safety is by cooperating with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in Minnesota.

OSHA offers a free consultation service to employers to further improve the condition of their workplace. Aside from improving potential workplace dangers, employers are given a chance to apply for a $10,000 grant to help them eliminate dangers in their workplace. Employers who decide to pursue an OSHA consultation should know that the procedure is not a compliance inspection. That means they will not get a citation if OSHA finds potential problems in the workplace. After the consultation, employers are expected to improve their workplace based on the consultation’s findings.

Unfortunately, there are situations when employers become negligent in keeping their employees safe at work. If you are injured while doing your job in Minnesota, an attorney at Robert Wilson & Associates may be able to help you obtain your workers’ compensation benefits. Call us today at (612) 334-3444 to find out how we may work on your behalf.



Fosston deputy injured in helicopter shooting

A deputy in Polk County recently suffered injuries after someone fired shots at the helicopter he was riding in while surveying an area, an article of Post Bulletin reported on August 9.

According to reports, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter was hovering over an area on August 8 where authorities believe that drug activity was taking place. The helicopter’s window was then damaged after someone shot at it with a firearm. A deputy in the chopper, whose name was not released, was transported to a hospital for treatment of his injuries, which were caused by the fired shots or from the chopper’s glass window. Responding authorities from Clearwater arrested a 71-year-old suspect from a cabin in the woods where they believe the two shots came from. The helicopter’s pilot was not harmed in the shooting incident.

The attorneys at Robert Wilson & Associates understand that many Minnesota families struggle with their daily financial needs when their loved ones suffer injuries on the job. If you are hurt in the workplace, we may be able to provide you legal assistance to aid in claiming your workers’ compensation benefits. Call our office today at (612) 334-3444 to find out how we may work on your behalf.



Minnetonka workers injured after trench collapse

At least two workers suffered injuries in Minnetonka after they were involved in a workplace accident while doing work on a trench, an article of KARE 11 reported on July 25.

According to reports, the two male construction workers, whose names were not revealed, were trapped after the trench they were working in suddenly collapsed. One worker was completely covered by the collapsed trench while the other one was partially covered. It took rescuers approximately 20 minutes to extract them after arriving on the scene. The workers are employees of Dave Perkins Contracting Inc. and were preparing the area for maintenance when the accident happened. The victims were transported to a Hennepin County medical facility. One of the workers was unconscious and the other was in moderate condition. An investigation was conducted by the Department of Labor and Industry regarding the incident.

A lot of families are left financially burdened when their loved ones suffer serious injuries in their workplace. However, a lawyer at Robert Wilson & Associates may be able to provide you legal assistance to help you obtain necessary workers’ compensation benefits. Learn more about your options from us today by calling (612) 334-3444.



Survey reveals information about disabled employees

A recent survey revealed that the overall stress level of workers with disabilities was greater than their nondisbled counterparts in work environments, an article of MPR News reported on July 13.

According to reports, the “workplace and health” survey conducted by NPR found that 35 percent of disabled respondents said their jobs negatively affect their overall health. Only 15 percent of workers who are not disabled said the same. The survey also revealed that 62 percent of disabled workers say their jobs contribute to their stress levels. Furthermore, over 55 percent of disabled workers said they found policies in their work environment unsatisfactory.

Aside from the negative health impact, disabled employees are also at high risk of sustaining injuries in the workplace, causing a loss of income. If you were injured on the job, a qualified attorney can help you file for your workers’ compensation benefits. Speak with a Minnesota attorney at Robert Wilson & Associates today by calling (612) 334-3444 to find out how we may help you get your much-needed benefits.



Over 10,000 serious workplace injuries took place in the US in 2015

A March 17 article from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revealed that 10,388 severe injuries in the workplace were recorded in 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor reported.

The total number of reported serious workplace injuries was released after OSHA required employers to report cases of serious injuries taking place in their work areas as of January 2015. Instead of conducting inspections, OSHA worked with employers to determine and prevent workplace hazards. Of the serious injuries recorded in twenty-six states last year, 7,636 resulted in hospitalizations and 2,644 of the incidents resulted in amputations. Report author Labor Assistant Secretary, David Michaels, stated that factual reporting of serious workplace injuries resulted to “safer workplaces for thousands of workers.” OSHA is also working to increase awareness among small employers about the new policy of mandatory reporting.

The lawyers of the Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota work for people who have suffered serious injuries in their workplace. We strongly believe that workers compensation benefits should be given to injured workers for their fast recovery. Find out how we may work on your behalf today by calling (612) 334-3444.



Worker hospitalized in Marshall construction mishap

A man working on a construction site in Marshall, Minnesota was taken to a hospital in South Dakota after he was involved in a workplace accident. Information coming from authorities revealed that a worker, whose name has been withheld to protect his privacy, was trapped after a concrete wall fell on him at the Lyon County Courthouse at around 1:00 in the afternoon.

The Marshall Fire crews worked together with the victim’s co-workers to try and extract the trapped man. The injured worker was later airlifted to a medical facility in Sioux Falls after being admitted at the Avera Medical Center. The severity of the victim’s injuries is still unknown.

If you have suffered an injury or illness as a result of your occupation, contact the workers’ compensation attorneys at Robert Wilson & Associates to discuss the particulars of your case and learn about your legal options. Call us today at (612) 334-3444 to speak to a lawyer and begin working on your recovery.



Alternative school staff members attacked in Minnesota

A staff member at Harrison Education Center was assaulted by a student on January 7, causing shock and alarm to the Minneapolis School District. This incident marks the fourth assault of a staff member in Minneapolis schools.

Reports said there were two other employees at Harrison Education Center who were attacked by students since December, and a similar incident also took place at River Bend alternative school for K-8 in November. Though the unidentified female teacher who was assaulted on January 7 was not injured, other incidents resulted in staff members sustaining injuries. Principal Monica Fabre of Harrison Education Center, who was assaulted by a female student last month, said she is hoping to recover soon from the concussion she sustained.

The workers’ compensation lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota know all too well that employees can suffer a great deal when they are subjected to hostile or dangerous work environments. Our legal team will work to ensure that the parties responsible for your injuries will be held accountable. To learn more, call (612) 334-3444 today.



Minnesota Security Hospital hit with $63K fine

A $63,000 fine was recently imposed on the Minnesota Security Hospital (MSH) after a surprise inspection in July revealed that safety protocols were being ignored.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) were both aware of the penalty issued on December 4. During a surprise visit from OSHA, official investigators discovered that employees of MSH are vulnerable to attacks due to a lack of proper protection while in the workplace.

The maximum fine of $7,000 was levied for each incident that took place in the MSH facility, bringing the total fine up to $63,000. One such incident involved a female staff member suffering serious injuries after being grabbed by the hair and having her head beaten against a wall several times by a patient on July 13.

If you have sustained significant injuries in the workplace, contact the lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates to learn how our experienced workers’ compensation team can help you through the recovery process. Call us at (612) 334-3444 today.



Are you at risk of repetitive motion injuries?

Workers are likely to develop repetitive motion injuries in the workplace if their everyday tasks require repetitive physical movements. Workers should understand that they may consider filing for workers’ compensation benefits if they have been injured from doing the following jobs:

  • Construction jobs that require the use of heavy duty machineries
  • Any jobs that require workers to stay in a certain position for prolonged hours
  • Jobs in assembly lines
  • Desk jobs that require continuous typing

While some of the injuries linked to jobs with repetitive motions are often considered minor, workers may require expensive treatment if they develop injuries like bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, or tendonitis.

The lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates represent workers in Minnesota who have decided to file for benefits after sustaining injuries in their workplace. We strongly believe that injured workers should be given their workers’ compensation benefits as soon as possible to facilitate the recovery process. Call us today at (612) 334-3444 to learn more about your options.



Abuse rampant in US poultry industry

A recent report of a global organization revealed that people in the U.S. are at high risk of experiencing various hazards while working in the poultry industry, a November 5 article of People’s World reported.

A report from Oxfam America found that employees of poultry production companies are at a higher risk of suffering injuries in their work environment. The report also found that workers in the poultry industry are only earning minimal salaries in exchange for their work. The report, which was produced with the help of a worker center in Minnesota and other related groups, gathered data from conducting worker interviews and from studying existing articles on the conditions that are faced everyday by poultry workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a new program to improve poultry workers’ conditions days after Oxfam released their report.

The lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota understand that many workers are unable to meet the needs of their families after suffering injuries in the workplace. If this happens to you, our legal team can offer you representation in pursuit of your rightful workers’ compensation benefits. Call us today at (612) 334-3444 to learn more about your legal options.