Workers injured in Beltrami granary blast

At least two workers recently sustained injuries after an explosion occurred at their place of work in Beltrami, Minnesota, a news article reported on Wednesday, October 7.

According to reports, at about 8:40 a.m., an explosion occurred at the Beltrami Ag Services Granary facility. Authorities from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that two workers suffered injuries from the blast. The workers, only identified as “two males,” were both transported to a medical facility in Crookston, and the extent of their injuries is unknown. Authorities are investigating the cause of the “small explosion.”

Employees who are injured in the workplace often have to deal with unexpected financial and physical hardships that can make maintaining a steady income difficult. If you have been involved in a workplace accident, the workers’ compensation attorneys at the Minnesota offices of Robert Wilson & Associates may be able to help you pursue compensation to help you recover. Call us at (612) 334-3444 to discuss your case today.



Workers’ right to report incidents resulting in injuries

Every worker in the United States has a right to report injuries or illnesses that were acquired while in the workplace as mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

It is employers’ responsibility to provide record-keeping for their workers to use in reporting injuries or illnesses that have occurred in their workplace. The record-keeping system should be understandable and should be easily used by every worker. Every employer should encourage their workers to immediately notify them about injuries or illnesses happening in their work environment. Every worker who believes that they are being discriminated or retaliated against by their employer after reporting such incidents have a right to file a complaint to OSHA within 30 days.

The legal team of Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota advocate for workers who have been injured in their workplace. If you are in such a situation, we may possibly help you get your much-needed workers’ compensation benefits for your fast recovery. Find out how we may work on your behalf today by calling (612) 334-3444.



Assaults at Minnesota state mental hospital has doubled from 2011 to 2014

Incidents of staff assaults inside the facilities of mental health programs in St. Peter, Minnesota have doubled from 2011 to 2014 after the state decided to lessen restraint use on patients.

According to the Department of Human Services there were 173 hospital staff assault incidents in 2014 compared to the 78 incidents reported in 2011. Such incidents where hospital staff were attacked escalated dramatically in the three years since 2011. The new measures to lessen the use of force were instilled in 2011 after families of mentally challenged patients filed lawsuit against the inhumane use of restraints at St. Peter’s facilities. In the first half of 2015, data revealed that there are already 129 incidents of assaults on hospital staff members.

The lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota understand that many hospital workers have to deal with great financial loss after being assaulted by patients at their place of work. However, if this happens to you, we may possibly help you get workers’ compensation benefits to sustain your family while you are recovering. Find out how we may work on your behalf today by calling (612) 334-3444.



Steps to prevent mechanical power press injuries

Mechanical power presses have the potential to cause serious workplace injuries. If you oversee the operations of mechanical power press machines at work, this machinery should be regularly maintained in the following ways in order to help prevent accidents to workers:

  • Make sure that brakes, clutch locks, or interlocking guards are properly working.
  • Workers should conduct daily inspections of such machines for themselves before operation.
  • Create a standard operating procedure of the machine and make it sure that all workers follow it.
  • Only qualified mechanics or technicians should repair any problems of such machinery.
  • During repair or adjustments, make sure that the machines are completely turned off.
  • Workers should refrain from using mechanical power press if it requires repair.

Workers unfortunately are at high risk of suffering serious injuries in their workplace if the machine they are operating suddenly malfunctions due to a preventable problem. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, the Minnesota workers’ compensation lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates may be able to help you find the financial compensation you may be needing. Call our office today at (612) 334-3444 to learn more about your legal options.



Minnesota hospital employee badly injured in attack

A staff member in a Minnesota hospital recently suffered serious injuries after being attacked by one of the patients, the St. Peter Herald reported on July 14.

According to reports, St. Peter Police were called at around 7:25 p.m. on July 13 after a female employee was assaulted by a 16-year-old patient inside Minnesota Security Hospital. A statement from a workers’ group revealed that the female staff member, whose identity was not disclosed, sustained serious injuries after the patient struck her head against the wall and kicked her several times. Police officials and the Minnesota Department of Human Services are investigating the incident. A worker union in Minnesota rallied in St. Peter just this past April to express concern about employees in hazardous working environments.

In this difficult situation that you have sustained serious injuries while performing your job, it is crucial that you get workers’ compensation benefits to support you and your family as you recover. The Minnesota lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates may represent you. Call our offices today at (612) 334-3444 to find out how we may work for you.



Hundreds of Minneapolis construction workers learn from safety expert

Over 450 workers in Minneapolis recently participated in an event backed by OSHA to learn safety tips in the workplace, Finance & Commerce reported on May 6.

Construction workers listened to Trevor Taylor on how to be properly protected from fall accidents. Data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration revealed that out of the 828 construction workers killed in 2013 nationwide, at least 291 of them died from falling. In Minnesota alone, five construction workers died from falls last year, state records revealed. Taylor, who is a safety expert, told participants about the importance of properly inspecting their harness before wearing it. The event was part of the “National Fall Prevention Stand Down,” held from May 4 to 15.

The legal team of Robert Wilson & Associates strongly believes that Minnesota workers who are injured in the workplace should get their compensation in a timely manner. If you have been injured while doing your job, our lawyers may possibly help you secure your workers’ compensation benefits to support your fast recovery. Call us today at (612) 334-3444 to learn more about your options.



Minnesota egg producer fined after worker was scalped by machine

An egg producer in Litchfield, Minnesota was ordered by the state’s OSHA to pay a fine worth $9,100 after a female workers lost her scalp last year in a workplace accident, the Independent Review reported on March 26.

Reports said Vanessa Enriquez, 27, who was subcontracted to work for Sparboe Farms, had her hair caught in machinery while cleaning. Deputy Tom Dale of Meeker County said Enriquez had her scalp almost completely removed from the incident. Enriquez had to be airlifted to a hospital where she underwent a procedure to have her scalp reattached. A report revealed that the place where Enriquez’s hair became trapped was not protected by anything that would have prevented an incident like this from happening. Sparboe Farms appealed the two violations filed against them in February and will try to settle the case with the state’s OHSA officials.

If you have been injured in a workplace accident, the attorneys at Robert Wilson & Associates may work on your behalf for the workers’ compensation you need to recover. Call our offices at (612) 334-3444 today to learn more.



Worker injured in Burnsville power plant blaze

A recent Burnsville, Minnesota power plant fire resulted in one worker hospitalized due to injuries, an article on PennEnergy reported March 17.

An estimated 60 fire crews reportedly responded to an explosion at Xcel Energy’s Black Dog coal and gas powered “generating station.” The identity of the injured worker was not released and the injuries he sustained are still unknown. The fire was contained after several hours and displaced workers were instructed to continue their work at the plant. Authorities are still investigating what may have been the cause of the power plant fire.

The legal team of Robert Wilson & Associates strongly believes that many Minnesota workers suffer from great physical and financial loss after being injured in their workplace. If this has happened to you, we may be able to fight on your behalf  and work to secure your much needed workers’ compensation benefits to sustain your family and finances while you are recovering. Find out how we may work for you today by calling (612) 334-3444.



Two officers injured in Minneapolis accident

Two on duty Minneapolis police officers sustained injuries after their patrol vehicle was hit, CBS Minnesota reported on December 28.

The two police officers, whose names were withheld, reportedly were on their way to an emergency situation at around 2:00 p.m. when the side of their patrol car was struck by another vehicle at the intersection of Washington and Portland Avenues. The officers were transported to a nearby hospital due to the injuries they sustained. The driver of the vehicle that struck the patrol car was later discharged by authorities after undergoing chemical testing. Both officers are expected to make a full recovery.

Unfortunately, police officers, or any workers who are injured while on the job, often struggle with financial loss while recovering. If you are in such situation in Minnesota, the lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates may be able to help you get your much needed workers’ compensation benefits to sustain your expenses while recovering. Call us today at (612) 334-3444 to find out how we may work for you.



Cases of violence against hospital nurses not fully reported

A survey recently revealed that the majority of workplace violence towards nurses go unreported, Fierce Healthcare reported on November 20.

According to Medscape Multispecialty, only grave violence incidents against nurses are usually reported. In the report, 50 percent of the respondents stated that they tend to ignore acts of violence in the workplace when they are not physically injured. Other nurses tend to downplay workplace hostilities, believing it is an inherent aspect of the position. Others said it is inconvenient to report such incidents, as they believe nothing will be rectified. The report was released after a November 2 incident in a Maplewood, Minnesota Hospital where four nurses sustained injuries after a patient armed with a metal bar attacked them. Minnesota nurses claiming workers’ compensation benefits after being assaulted in the workplace reportedly increased.

As a nurse, being assaulted in a hostile work environment can be traumatic and may result in wage loss. If you have been injured in your workplace in Minnesota, the legal team of Robert Wilson & Associates may advocate for you to get your much needed workers’ compensation benefits. Phone us today at (612) 334-3444 to learn more about your options.