Workplace deaths increased last year in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) recently reported that workplace deaths across the state increased last year, an article of Finance & Commerce reported on December 19.

In the data released by the state’s DLI, last year saw more workplace fatalities than 2014 or 2013. Reports revealed there were 74 workers killed last year, a spike from the 62 deaths recorded in 2014 and 69 deaths in 2013. The data also showed an average of 2.7 workers were killed per 100,000. Fishery, agriculture, hunting, and construction industries had the highest rates  of fatal workplace accidents. The data was collected by the federal Department of Labor from the yearly report of the official record of workplace deaths.

Fatal workplace injuries often leave families devastated because they have to deal with an emotional, physical, and financial burden. However, if you were hurt in a workplace accident, a Minnesota attorney at Robert Wilson & Associates may be able to offer you legal assistance to help you obtain your workers’ compensation benefits. Call us today at (612) 334-3444 to learn more about your options.



2 catering staff members injured in Minneapolis truck mishap

Two employees of a catering service suffered injuries at an international airport in Minneapolis after the delivery truck they were riding in got involved in an accident, an article of KARE 11 reported on November 27.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) said a food delivery truck containing two people fell into a tunnel leading to the airport’s terminal and airfield after crashing into a tarmac’s gate at MSP International Airport. The two men were treated for the non-life-threatening injuries they sustained. Though the catering firm was known for servicing airplanes at the airport, authorities are still figuring out the cause of the solo vehicle accident. Responding crews confirmed that none of the flights were affected by the incident.

Workers often find themselves struggling to provide for the financial needs of their families after suffering injuries in the workplace. However, if you suffer a workplace accident, working with an attorney could be a viable option to help you get your workers’ compensation benefits. Discuss your situation with an attorney of Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota today at (612) 334-3444 to learn more about your options.



Workplace poster required by OSHA for every employer

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to put a poster in their work environment to serve as a reminder of the employees’ rights and how could they can keep themselves safe in their workplace daily.

According to the law, the poster entitled “Job Safety and Health: It’s the Law” should be placed by employers in visible areas within the workplace. The poster, created by OSHA, briefly discusses the rights of every employee and what is expected from employers. The information in the poster is in bullet points and comes in different sizes and languages to make sure everyone can understand the information. Employers can easily get a free copy of the poster in printable form by visiting the official OSHA website or by calling their toll-free number. Employers may face citations or stiff penalties if OSHA discovers they failed to stick a poster in the work environment.

The attorneys at Robert Wilson & Associates understand that many Minnesota workers suffer serious workplace injuries due to their employers’ negligence. If you were the victim of a workplace accident, we may be able to help you obtain your workers’ compensation benefits for a fast recovery. Call our office today at (612) 334-3444 to find out how we may work on your behalf.



Employee suffers amputation injury in Minnesota workplace accident

A workplace accident in Le Sueur, Minnesota resulted in an employee suffering an amputation injury to his arm. State authorities confirmed that they are already investigating the incident, an article of Le Sueur News-Herald reported on October 25.

According to reports, 31-year-old Jake Krekelberg lost a portion of his arm on October 11 while working at La Sueur Cheese Company. Krekelberg, who was a production supervisor in the industrial facility, was working with machinery when the accident occurred. The workplace accident, which happened around 2:13 a.m., was confirmed as several emergency units responded to the scene. Agents from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said they are investigating the incident. Krekelberg was thankful for the support he received and he is expecting to go back to work soon. Krekelberg’s employer did not issue a statement regarding the accident.

Many families find themselves facing financial hardships after their loved ones suffer serious workplace injuries. However, if this happens to you in Minnesota, the lawyers at Robert Wilson & Associates may be able to secure your workers’ compensation benefits. Learn more about your legal options today by calling (612) 334-3444.



How workers can prevent injuries on the job

Workers in Minnesota often find themselves incapable of providing for their family’s needs after sustaining injuries in the workplace. Depending on the severity of an injury, workers may need to refrain from going to work while recuperating, which automatically translates to income loss. However, below are actions workers can practice each day to prevent such unfortunate situations.

  • Always be alert while you are in your work environment.
  • Practice proper posture when sitting or when lifting heavy things.
  • Make it a habit to take regular breaks to maintain alertness.
  • Make sure that emergency exits and first aid kits can be accessed easily.
  • Never work while under the influence of intoxicants.
  • Notify supervisors or employers regarding potential dangers in the workplace.
  • Eliminate things in the workplace that could cause stress and anxiety.
  • Always wear or use safety devices when necessary.

While practicing the following tips can help you avoid getting hurt in your workplace, occasional accidents are inevitable. If you sustained an injury in the workplace, a lawyer may work on your behalf to help you obtain the financial assistance needed for recovery. Call a workers’ compensation lawyer at Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota today at (612) 334-3444 to learn more about your options.



Corn picker expected to recover after workplace injury in Minnesota

At least one person suffered physical injuries in central Minnesota after he was involved in an accident that took place while he was doing his job as a corn picker, an October 2 article of SCTimes reported.

Information coming from the authorities of Wright County Sheriff’s Office revealed that the 37-year-old Watkins resident had his hand pinned by rollers on October 1 while picking corn. The accident reportedly occurred after the man attempted to unplug the machinery he was using. The pressure of the rollers crushed the hand of the worker and rescuers were able to free him after disassembling the machine, which took about an hour and a half. The man’s injuries were believed to be non-life-threatening in nature.

Families often have to deal with a great financial loss when their loved ones suffer injuries while doing their jobs. However, if you are facing financial hardships in Minnesota, a lawyer at Robert Wilson & Associates may be able to help you get your necessary workers’ compensation benefits for recovery. Call us today at (612) 334-3444 to find out how we can work on your behalf.



Worker injured in Minnesota trench accident

A construction worker in Crosby, Minnesota was rescued after being involved in a trench accident while on the job, an article of the Bemidji Pioneer reported on September 9.

According to reports, 21-year-old Joseph Erickson was involved in a workplace accident that happened around 11:09 a.m. on September 8. Erickson reportedly got trapped inside a trench at a construction site after falling from a 15 foot excavation. Rescuers initially had a hard time determining Erickson’s location. He sustained several fall-related injuries that, according to police chief Kim Coughlin, made for a “scary situation.” Residents provided assistance to responding fire crews in salvaging Erickson from the pit, Coughlin also said.

Workers have to deal with financial difficulties after sustaining injuries while on the clock. However, if you are injured on the job, working with a skilled attorney is important to help you obtain the workers’ compensation benefits you need for recovery. Speak with an attorney at Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota today by calling (612) 334-3444 to learn more about your options.



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.



Ways to prove employer negligence

Workers often struggle to provide for the daily needs of their family, especially when they suffer injuries while doing their job. Workers who are unable to continue work for several weeks often rely on workers’ compensation benefits to supplement their daily income while they recuperate. Workers may need to prove that their employer was liable for their injuries in order to receive the benefits they need.

Employers are considered negligent if they fail to provide sufficient training to their employees. For example, factory workers are at risk of limb dismemberment if their employer fails to train them on how to properly operate machinery. Employers are required to follow safety codes imposed by federal and state authorities, and they can be held liable for violating those codes, especially if violations result in serious injuries. Lastly, workers should note that their employers should provide proper safety gear that is fully functional and can protect them from harm in the workplace. Failure to do so could translate to serious injuries.

Employers, unfortunately, use deceptive tactics to cover up their violations. If your employer caused you injuries, enlisting an experienced attorney can help you obtain the benefits you and your family need while recovering. Speak with an attorney at Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota today by calling (612) 334-3444 to learn more about your options.



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.



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