Stadium contractors face $147K fine for workplace fatality

The two contractors of the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota were ordered to settle fines worth $147,000 after a worker died while constructing the building last year, a December 9 article of Construction Equipment reported.

According to reports, contractors Berwald Roofing and Mortenson Construction agreed to the fine imposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Minnesota (MNOSHA) relating to Jeramie Gruber’s death. Gruber, 35, was on the Berwald Roofing team and fell 50 feet from the area where he was working. Authorities discovered there were no safety guardrails in the area that could have prevented Gruber from falling on August 26, 2015. The MNOSHA initially imposed a total of $175,000 for the serious safety violations committed by the two contractors, but an appeal resulted in a reduction of the fine.

The Minnesota attorneys at Robert Wilson & Associates represent families who have lost their loved ones in workplace accidents. We strongly believe that families who are in this situation should receive the compensations they need to sustain their living. Find out how we can help you file a legal claim against negligent parties today by calling (612) 334-3444.



Laborers commemorated victims at “Workers Memorial Day” in Saint Paul

Sporting their work safety apparel, construction workers recently gathered in Saint Paul to honor lost coworkers at the annual Workers Memorial Day ceremony, Daily Planet reported on April 30.

This day pays tribute to workers nationwide who were either killed or injured while doing their jobs, as well as serves to promote workplace safety.

In this year’s commemoration, four construction workers from Building Trades carrying crosses were seen at the Workers Memorial Garden. The four crosses were dedicated to the four individuals who died of work-related illnesses or accidents in 2014.

Senator Tom Bakk said that 15 people die in construction accidents in Minnesota every year. State labor and industry commissioner Ken Peterson said that many workers from other line of jobs are at risk of dying in the workplace, as well. From all occupations, 60 to 70 people are killed from workplace-related causes in Minnesota every year.

The Minnesota lawyers at Robert Wilson & Associates understand that many people are injured in their workplace every year. Call our offices at (612) 334-3444 today to learn how we may help you pursue workers’ compensation benefits.



Subcontractor gets $25K fine after fatal Minnesota workplace accident

The Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ordered a South Dakota-based subcontractor to pay a fine after a worker fell and died while doing his job at Sparboe Farms, the Star Tribune stated on January 27.

Reports said OSHA ordered Pro-X Builders Inc. to pay $25,000 in late 2014 after farm worker Ruben Esquivel Solis, 23, accidentally fell while working on a chicken barn roof in Darwin Township last June. The fine was imposed after OSHA found that the subcontractor failed to provide sufficient safety measures for workers doing work on a surface of more than 15 feet above the ground. The subcontractor did not contest the amount of fine, the report also said, although the case was not closed yet. Records revealed that in 2012, at least 269 construction workers nationwide died as a result of fall accidents.

The Minnesota legal team of Robert Wilson & Associates understands that families are left devastated when their loved ones die while doing their jobs. If this has happened to your family, we may help you get remunerations from the reckless companies and managements liable for your loss. Find out how we may represent you in this difficult situation by calling (612) 334-3444 today.



Updated OSHA policy on reporting severe workplace injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced new policies for employers reporting incidents of serious injuries or death of their workers, the agency’s website stated on September 11.

The new OSHA policy mandates that employers report workplace deaths within eight hours, while serious workplace injuries should be reported to the agency within 24 hours. Under the new OSHA rule, all employers are required to report incidents of serious illnesses or injuries in the agency’s web portal. Just last year, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4,405 work-related fatalities, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez said. OSHA also updated the list of industries exempted from keeping records of workplace injuries or illnesses.

Workers who have been injured in the workplace unfortunately suffer income loss and possibly expensive medical treatment. In this difficult situation, you should be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits that allow for your full recovery. However, if your insurer is delaying your much-needed benefits in Minnesota, the lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates may work for you. Learn more about your options from our lawyers today by calling (612) 334-3444.



Industrial worker in Minnesota fatally pinned by wood

An industrial worker in Minneapolis was killed after he was pinned by a wood product that fell from his forklift, ABC News 6 reported on June 29.

Reports said the fatal workplace accident happened at AA Container Sales, Inc. on Humboldt Avenue at around 4:00 p.m. on June 27. Employee Travis James Carter, a 36-year-old resident of Ham Lake, was reportedly utilizing a forklift to pile wood products. At a point when Carter had stepped down from the forklift, wood fell on top of him. A memorial charity fund was established through Wells Fargo for the four children Carter is survived by. Minneapolis police authorities and the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are attempting to determine the details that surround this incident. The OSHA monitors the maintenance of safety in the workplace across the country.

The lawyers at Robert Wilson & Associates are deeply sorry this incident occurred and extend their sincere condolences to the friends and family suffering during this difficult time.



One dead in fatal farm accident

A farmer was killed in an accident while working on a southern Minnesota farm, KARE11 reported on June 6.

Reports said the fatal accident occurred before 2:00 p.m., the time when responding crews recovered the lifeless body of a man from under heavy equipment. The Dodge County Sheriff and Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner continue to investigate the cause of the incident. The identify of the man has not been released.

The lawyers at Robert Wilson & Associates are deeply sorry for this tragedy. We understand that families who have lost a loved one in a fatal workplace accident often suffer from emotional and financial difficulties as a result of the unexpected loss. If you have experienced this in Minnesota, the lawyers at Robert Wilson & Associates may be able to advocate for you and recover funds from the parties responsible for your tragic loss. Speak with us today at (612) 334-3444 to further discuss your situation and legal options.