Authorities have announced that a gas leak, explosion, and partial building collapse at Minnehaha Academy late Wednesday morning killed one individual and injured nine others. Additionally, one individual is still missing as of the latest reports as fire crews assess the piles of rubble following the accident.
According to officials at Hennepin County Medical Center, nine adults were admitted to the hospital and no children were injured. Three had suffered critical injuries in the blast and collapse, while four were deemed “serious”. Two individuals were released after treatment for minor injuries.
Initial reports from the Minneapolis police department have indicated that contractors that were performing work on the building may have ruptured a gas line during the course of work. The company hired to perform the work, Master Mechanical, released this statement following the accident:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in the incident. We are monitoring the situation and at this time we are referring all questions about the event to the Minneapolis Fire Department out of respect for their investigation.”
At this time, the fire chief has stated that the operation is still being considered a rescue, and any further updates will be shared as soon as possible. Emergency crews are still evaluating the extent of the damage to the school, which was preparing for the new 2017-2018 school year to start on August 23rd.
For more information on this breaking story, watch the video above, read more on CNN, or check back here for updates.
Attorney Robert Wilson will be presenting on a video webcast on Wednesday, March 22nd. The topic will be on Workers’ Compensation: Advanced Practice. The details and registration are included below, so sign up and join us!
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Topic: Workers’ Compensation: Advanced Practice
Speaker: Robert Wilson
Date: March 22, 2017
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) stated that they will inspect McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing after three of their employees were seriously injured in an explosion, to find out if the company has been compromising safety standards, an article of ABC 6 reported on January 11.
OSHA representative James Honerman told reports that they are monitoring the workplace after the incident, as well as the conditions of the workers injured in the blast. They will also investigate whether there are other workers that could have been injured. Reports revealed that the facility had been investigated by OSHA several times since 2008. In the most recent investigation conducted last March, OSHA found out that the company was in need of several serious citations.
The lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota fight for workers who have been injured in their work environment. We strongly believe that workplace accident victims should get their fair amount of workers’ compensation. Learn more about your options from us today by calling (612) 334-3444.
A major malt supplier located in Minnesota is being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after one of their employees died in an accident while in the workplace, an article of CBS Minnesota reported on January 3.
According to reports, the accident happened in the facility of Rahr Malting Company on January 2. Responding rescuers reportedly found the worker’s body in a grain bin after he accidentally fell. The victim, who was only identified as a 58-year-old resident of South St. Paul had been working for the company for three months when the mishap happened, company officials said. OSHA agents the following day open a probe to figure out if the company committed workplace safety violations. Documents revealed that OSHA last inspected Rahr in 2009 and it also showed that the company had been cited previously for workplace violations.
The lawyers at Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota send their thoughts to the family and friends of the worker who died in the accident.
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.
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.
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.
Under the law, employees and other persons authorized are allowed to file a complaint or have their workplace inspected by agents of Occupational Safety and Health Organization (OSHA) upon noticing a potential danger that could cause them harm. Below are the three ways on how workers and their representatives could file a complaint:
- Through OSHA’s online form
- Through Fax or physical mail
- Through OSHA’s local telephone
Complainants should know that OSHA handle all complaints seriously, making sure that the identity of the complainant is protected. OSHA does not require workers to know all the standards for them to file a complaint. If workers believe that a hazard could take place in their workplace, they are encouraged to file a complaint upon noticing it as OSHA can only take an action to a complaint filed within a period of six months of the violation.
Unfortunately, workplace accidents are inevitable even there are standards set to prevent it from happening. However, if you suffer a workplace injury that prevents you from doing your job, working with a skilled attorney is critical for you to get your workers’ compensation benefits needed for fast recovery. Call an attorney of the Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota today at (612) 334-3444 to find out how we may work for you.
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.
Minnesota workers’ compensation attorney Robert Wilson is scheduled to present at the National Seminar on Workers’ Compensation, hosted by the National Business Institute.
Mr. Wilson’s seminar, titled “Workers’ Compensation: Settlement Negotiation How-to’s,” will be streamed online. It will offer Continuing Legal Education on achieving fair settlements in workers’ compensation claims. The presentation will take place on Friday, December 30, 2016.
For more information or to register for the seminar, click here.
Robert Wilson has been practicing law for over 20 years and has worked on more than 1,000 cases.
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