3 injured in Minnesota workplace blast caused by faulty machinery

A workplace accident resulted in three workers injured in Eden Valley, Minnesota after machinery exploded, a report of Independent Review stated on November 15.

According to reports, at 2:19 p.m. on November 10, authorities in Meeker County were notified of a dust collector that erupted outside the building of Schlangen’s Custom Cabinets. Reports have confirmed that three of the company’s workers, 46-year-old Duane Stang, 57-year-old James Thielen, and 39-year-old Scott Thielen, suffered burn-related injuries from the blast and fire. An air ambulance was necessary to immediately transport Stang to a hospital, but his injuries were considered non-life-threatening. Scott and James, on the other hand, sustained only minor injuries, but they were also transported to a hospital for treatment. Several fire department units assisted Eden Valley Fire crews in containing the fire.

Sadly, many workers suffer serious injuries when they become explosion victims in their workplace. If you were the victim of a workplace accident, working with a skilled attorney is important, especially if you are filing for your workers’ compensations benefits. Call the Minnesota attorneys of Robert Wilson & Associates today at (612) 334-3444 to find out how we can work for you.



Properly handling patients linked to reduced workplace injuries in hospital

Researchers in Boston recently concluded health care professionals may assume a lower risk of injury if they implement “safe patient handling” practices, according to an article of Fox News Health published on November 4th.

In the study conducted by the researchers at Northeastern University, incidents of health care employees suffering from shoulder and neck injuries in hospitals dropped by 32 percent after a year of implementing safe patient handling policies. The study also revealed there was a significant decrease in other workplace injuries after implementing the policies. On the other hand, workplace injury rates barely changed in a hospital without similar patient handling policies and devices for assisting patients. Lead researcher Dr. Jack Dennerlein said implementing such policies likely benefit both patients and hospital workers.

Sadly, many hospital workers experience a reduction in pay after missing work when they sustain injuries at work. However, if this happens to you in Minnesota, an attorney at Robert Wilson & Associates could help you get the workers’ compensation benefits you need for recovery. Speak with us today by calling (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.



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.



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.



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.



Minnesota sees fewer workplace injuries

A June 30 article of KFGO News revealed the rate of workplace accidents resulting in injuries in Minnesota continues to decrease.

According to the Department of Labor and Industry’s Ken Peterson, there were 96,000 workers in 2014 who filed for workers’ compensation benefits compared to the 176,000 injured workers recorded in 1997. The “big drop” in workplace injuries was attributed to technology advancement, better training, and an increase in employer and employee safety awareness. Peterson said that employers reduce their spending if workplace injuries decrease. Although injuries are more likely to occur in construction zones, Peterson noted that construction sites in Minnesota are much safer than they used to be.

Unfortunately, workers often must struggle to support their families if they suffer injuries in the workplace. If you were injured on the job, enlisting the help of a qualified attorney can help, especially if your workers’ compensation benefits are being delayed or denied. Speak with a Minnesota attorney at Robert Wilson & Associates today by calling (612) 334-3444 to find out how we may work on your behalf.



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.



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