Public safety workers unprepared to handle oil accidents

In a January 15 study of the Minnesota Public Safety Department, public workers were found to lack knowledge about how to respond to oil accidents, such as train or pipeline accidents, the Grand Forks Herald stated.

According to the report, safety workers were poorly rated in terms of preparedness. The local governments also lacked trained workers and appropriate equipment for responding to great oil spills and fires, the study revealed. Several trains containing huge amount of crude oil pass through Minnesota every day. The report stressed the importance of training fire crews and emergency personnel to respond efficiently in oil disasters.

Sometimes, injuries in the workplace occur due to insufficient training. If you have been injured at work in Minnesota, the attorneys of Robert Wilson & Associates can assess your ability to qualify for workers’ compensation or additional funds. Learn how we may work on your behalf by calling our offices at (612) 334-3444 today.



1 World Trade Center window cleaners rescued from 68-story scaffold accident

Fire fighters recently rescued two window cleaners hanging on loose scaffolding on the 68th floor of the 1 World Trade Center building in New York, ABC News reported on November 13.

Responding personnel took two hours on November 12 to rescue workers Juan Lopez and Juan Lizama on the outside window of the 68th floor of the skyscraper. Lopez and Lizama were reportedly working on the south part of the 1,776-foot building when a cable of the scaffolding platform suddenly loosened. New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro stated the platform containing the workers suddenly ended up almost vertical. The window cleaners were taken to a hospital and were later released. Authorities are still trying to determine what caused the scaffold malfunction that nearly killed the two window washers.

Fortunately no one was injured in the recent accident. Though if you suffered injuries in your workplace in Minnesota, the lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates may possibly help you secure your much needed workers’ compensation benefits for a faster recovery. Speak with us today at 612-334-3444 to find out how we might be able to help you.



St. Paul officer injured in train accident

A police officer in St. Paul, Minnesota suffered injuries after the squad car he was driving was struck by a train, an article on Minnesota Daily stated November 4.

According to reports, the accident occurred at around 2:00 p.m. of November 3 on Pascal Street and University Avenue. The police officer, whose name was withheld, reportedly was heading northbound with his lights on when the squad car was hit by the Green Line train. The officer temporarily lost consciousness, but regained it by the time emergency personnel arrived. He was taken to the hospital complaining of neck pain, Howie Padilla of Metro Transit said. No one inside the train was injured. Passengers were transferred to buses while the accident was being cleared.

Police officers or any workers who suffer injuries on the clock often experience wage loss while in the recovery process. The situation can be worse if your workers’ compensation benefits are delayed. If you are experiencing such difficulties in Minnesota, the legal team of Robert Wilson & Associates may represent you. Find out how we may help you get your much needed funds for your fast recovery today by calling 612-334-3444.



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.



OSHA examining Kellogg factory accident

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) agents in Nebraska are investigating an accident in a Kellogg’s factory that resulted in two workers injured, ketv.com reported on September 5.

According to reports, the accident happened on September 4 when the two outsourced contractors were repairing a waste bin on the property of the Kellogg’s plant in Omaha. Both contractors were believed to have sustained serious injuries from the accident. OSHA reportedly will need several months to fully conduct their investigation. This incident follows another OSHA citation only months ago involving unsafe belts on several machines in their factories.

Sadly many American workers have to suffer lost wages after being injured in the workplaces. The Minnesota lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates strongly believe that injured employees should be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for the best chance at a fast recovery. If you are having trouble reimbursing your benefits, call us today at 612-334-3444 to find out if we may help you.



Minnesota police officer hurt in chase

A Minnesota police officer was recently injured while chasing an apparently stolen vehicle, Eyewitness News reported on July 19.

According to reports, a university police officer was chasing a vehicle on his motorcycle on Washington Avenue. The woman who was driving the vehicle reportedly did not stop. Then, upon reaching 13th Avenue, the woman made a sharp turn that caused several objects to fall from the trailer of the vehicle. The officer sustained a broken arm after sliding on his motorcycle in order to avoid crashing into the fleeing vehicle. Appropriate charges await the woman who was booked after the chase.

Unfortunately, many police officers and other workers suffer injuries while performing job-related duties, resulting in lost income due to medical bills and time away from work. If you or someone you love has been injured in a work-related accident, the Minnesota workers’ compensation lawyers at Robert Wilson & Associates may be able to help you secure much-needed workers’ compensation benefits. Find out how we may be able to help you today by calling (612) 334-3444.



Two road workers injured in an I-35 work zone

Two workers suffered from injuries when a vehicle hit their truck as they placed traffic cones on I-35 in Minnesota, ABC 5 News reported on June 22.

According to reports, the incident happened at around 4:00 p.m., northbound of Interstate 35 on Cliff Road. Workers Ronald McDein, 43, and Dennis Scott, 57, were reportedly blocking a road lane for construction work when the accident occurred. McDein sustained serious injuries from the accident while Scott sustained minor injuries. The driver of the vehicle that struck the workers was not injured. The Minnesota Department of Transportation cautioned motorists to be aware of road workers.

Unfortunately, road workers often suffer serious injuries from negligent motorists which results in great monetary loss due to the expensive medical care they need for recovery. If you have been injured in a situation like this, a lawyer may work for you to win your much needed workers’ compensation benefits. Find out how the attorneys of Robert Wilson & Associates may advocate for you today by calling (612) 334-3444.



Minneapolis officer injured in foot chase

On May 30, a Minneapolis police officer sustained minor injuries while responding to a fight between two men, the Star Tribune stated.

The incident occurred at around 3:00 p.m. when police officers responded to a fight on the north side of Minneapolis. Upon arrival, the two suspects fled and a foot chase ensued between officers and the suspects, one armed with a gun. An officer sustained injuries during the chase but stated that it did not come from a gunshot.

The suspects were reportedly arrested and hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

Injuries sustained on the job can sometimes leave individuals unable to work for an extended period of time, resulting in a loss of earnings. If you are having trouble receiving workers’ compensation benefits, a Minnesota attorney at Robert Wilson & Associates may be able to help. Call our offices today at (612) 334-3444.



Minneapolis school board to get workers’ compensation coverage

The Minneapolis school board has approved covering itself with workers’ compensation, an article by the Star Tribune reported on May 16.

Fortunately, there will be no additional costs when adding coverage to the nine board members.

According to Policy Committee chair Josh Reimnitz, no board member has ever been hurt on the job, but coverage will definitely give members peace of mind. Board members do not do hard labor or get involved in student behavior issues, so it is unlikely that anyone will get hurt.

Chief district lawyer Steve Liss mentioned that workers’ comp coverage typically covers medical costs, continuing income-replacement payments, and compensation for the impairment to whatever body part was involved.

Obtaining workers’ compensation benefits can sometimes difficult, especially if you cannot clearly prove your claim. If you are having trouble making a workers’ comp claim in Minneapolis, our attorneys at Robert Wilson & Associates may be able to help. Call our offices at (612) 334-3444.



Minneapolis school board to get workers’ compensation coverage

The Minneapolis school board has approved covering itself with workers’ compensation, an article by the Star Tribune reported on May 16.

Fortunately, there will be no additional costs when adding coverage to the nine board members.

According to Policy Committee chair Josh Reimnitz, no board member has ever been hurt on the job, but coverage will definitely give members peace of mind. Board members do not do hard labor or get involved in student behavior issues, so it is unlikely that anyone will get hurt.

Chief district lawyer Steve Liss mentioned that workers’ comp coverage typically covers medical costs, continuing income-replacement payments, and compensation for the impairment to whatever body part was involved.

Obtaining workers’ compensation benefits can sometimes difficult, especially if you cannot clearly prove your claim. If you are having trouble making a workers’ comp claim in Minneapolis, our attorneys at Robert Wilson & Associates may be able to help. Call our offices at (612) 334-3444.