Company fined for accident that killed MN man

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a $11,675 fine against Hayward Baker for three federal violations that lead to a worker’s death.

Last August, a 39 year-old construction worker from Minneapolis was killed after his fall prevention cord became tangled in a drill. The man was dead before other workers could reach the emergency shut-off button. All three violations are related to the improper set up of the shut off-button and anchor point.

Workers were drilling under an apartment complex to improve the bank of a creek and to improve the safety of the residents. Hayward Baker has since changed its manual safety procedures.



Building collapse leaves one worker dead

Five construction workers pouring cement in a five-story condo had to be rescued and dug out from under the rubble after it collapsed on top of them Tuesday morning. One man, 54, died later at the hospital from his injuries.

The accident occurred in Brooklyn. The architecture firm that designed the condo have had a checkered past with the Buildings Department. In the past, several of their projects have had serious flaws. In the two-person firm, both architects at one point surrendered their certifications. At one point in 2002, inspectors found problems in over fifty projects designed by one of the architects.

Investigators believe the accident occurred because the contractors were trying to cut corners. The company has been issued nine violations by the city and more are expected. OSHA currently investigating the collapse.

Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the victim.



Man falls from roof to his death

A 36 year-old construction worker died earlier this week after he fell more than fifty feet from a roof after installing sheeting.

The man was working on a new sports complex when investigators believe a gust of wind caused him to lose his balance. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate the construction site. Witnesses say they saw the man not wearing safety harnesses or straps while on the roof.

Emergency responders say the man was unresponsive when they arrived. The site has been shut down for the investigation.

Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the victim.



Construction accident injuries 18

A construction accident in New York has left over a dozen people injured after a scaffolding fell five stories last week. The scaffolding fell from a Harlem building that was set to be demolished and landed on a city bus. Of the eighteen hurt, eight of them were on the bus.

Witnesses report that bricks began to fall from the building, hitting the scaffolding and causing it to fall. The spokesmen for New York’s Department of Buildings says the building had all the permits and an inspection at the beginning of September found everything to be up to par. The Department of Buildings and OSHA will conduct a federal investigation into the accident.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a construction accident, contact the Minnesota construction accident attorneys of Robert Wilson & Associates at 612-334-3444.



Man receives face transplant after construction accident

A 25 year-old man from Fort Worth has received the most complete face transplant in medical history. He was injured at his job at a construction site when his boom lift hit a power supply. His face was severely burned, which has left him permanently blind. After three months in a coma, 22 surgeries, and a 15 hour transplant operation, the man has most of his face reconstructed.

The surgery is considered the most complete face transplant because doctors used a donor’s complete face, along with bone tissue from the nose. The operation replaced the victim’s facial muscles, skin, lips, and nose.

If you or someone you love has been severely injured in a construction accident, contact the Minnesota construction accident lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates today at 612-334-3444.



Green energy projects have high construction injuries

Several watchdog groups warn that solar and wind powered energy structures are becoming extremely dangerous to build and maintain. Some workers are forced to stay in bathroom-sized rooms, full of high-voltage electrical equipment; others have been tangled in machinery or fallen from dangerous heights from installing solar panels and fixing windmill turbines.

According to the Caithness Windfarm Information Forum, there were 128 turbine accidents worldwide in 2008- a decade high. Some wind-powered construction jobs require employees to inspect blades while suspended in the air beside them. Turbine parts can weigh as much as 90 tons.

Solar panel installation involves what many consider the most dangerous professions- roofing, carpentry, and electrical work. Several workers have fallen off of roofs and complicated electrical wiring has caused explosions and electrical fires. Some of the wiring materials are extremely explosive and carcinogenic.

If you or someone you love has been injured while working on green energy construction jobs, contact the Minnesota construction accident lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates today at 612-334-3444.



Maryland construction accident kills 1, injures another

A 25-ton precast concrete wall fell on 2 workers at the construction site of Maryland Live! casino last week. One worker who was in his early 20s has died and another is in critical condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with life-threatening injuries.

Investigation is still underway for the construction accident, but so far no causes for the 30 by 40 foot structure collapse has been found. Inspectors from the Department of Inspections and Permits say the site is in compliance with state code. Construction is currently stopped while the accident is under investigation.

Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the young man who died in this tragic accident.



Construction Worker Killed at Water Treatment Plant

A construction worker in New York died on Monday while working at a water treatment plant near Rochester.

Early Monday morning, the man and four co-workers were working in a tunnel that was one hundred feet under the ground. The man was operating a boring machine, when he reportedly fell off the machine and was run over by it. The man was pronounced dead at the construction site.

No other workers were injured in this accident, and the name of the construction worker who died has not been released.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed while working on a construction site, please contact the Minnesota construction accident attorneys of Robert Wilson & Associates at 612-334-3444.