Minnesota recorded its first fatal workplace accident for the year 2017

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.



Companies involved in fatal U.S. Bank Stadium accident facing fine

After being cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a U.S. Bank Stadium contractor and subcontractor are facing fines amounting to $173,400 in connection to last year’s accident that killed one worker and injured another, an article of Star Tribune reported on June 16.

Mortenson Construction and Berwald Roofing facilitated the construction of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. During the construction process, Jeramie Gruber, 35, and another worker, accidentally fell from the building while working in August. Gruber died as a result of his injuries and the other worker sustained serious injuries after they fell and slid off the roof due to the company’s safety violations. OSHA did not detail the citations that were considered “willful” and “serious” safety violations the two companies committed.

The attorneys at Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota strongly believe workers who are involved in workplace accidents should receive their much-needed benefits in a timely manner. If you have been injured in a workplace, call us at (612) 334-3444 to find out how we may be able to help you get your workers’ compensation benefits.



Welder killed in Dayton workplace blast

A male welder in Dayton was killed after an explosion took place while he was performing his work duties, according to a CBS Minnesota article on July 13.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner identified the fatality as James Hente, 37, who was a resident of Osseo. Reports revealed that Hente was working on a pontoon float at 9:17 a.m. on July 8 when the explosion occurred. Hente, who was an employee with Crystal Welding, was pronounced dead after emergency crews arrived at the explosion site. It was later found that he died of blunt force trauma to the head. Authorities confirmed that no other workers were injured in the blast. Although the incident was framed as an accident, the Dayton Police are being assisted by the state’s OSHA in investigating this fatal workplace explosion.

The deepest thoughts of the lawyers at Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota go out to the family and friends affected by this tragic loss.



Rail yard worker killed in Minneapolis accident

A male rail yard worker in northeast Minneapolis suffered fatal injuries after an accident in his workplace, CBS Minnesota reported on May 26.

According to reports, authorities identified the victim as Tyrell Anderson, 29, an employee of Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway. A railway company spokesperson stated that on May 25, Anderson was unloading track materials near the railway when another incoming train struck the material, which then fell on top of him. Reports revealed that Anderson had served BNSF as a trackman for over eight years.

Unfortunately, families suffer from great emotional, physical, and financial difficulties when they lose a loved one in fatal workplace accidents. If you are in such a situation, you may pursue remunerations through the workers’ compensation system to support your family during this difficult time. Get in touch with the Minnesota lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates today at (612) 334-3444 to learn more about your legal options.



Construction worker killed in Rochester construction accident

Rochester authorities are investigating a recent construction accident in which a male worker was killed when metal fell on him from a forklift above, KTTC reported on March 1.

Information coming from the Rochester Police said the accident happened at a Microtel Inn and Suites construction site on the intersection of St. Bridgets Road and Maine Ave SE. Construction worker Ben Baird, 30, was below a telescopic forklift at around 12:30 of February 27 when a huge metal attachment reportedly fell and struck his head. Lieutenant Jeff Stilwell believed that Baird’s death was related to head trauma, but the Mayo Clinic will be conducting an autopsy to determine details of Baird’s condition. The state’s OSHA assisted the Rochester authorities in investigation of the fatal workplace accident.

The construction project was developed by PLC, Inc., a company based out of Fargo, North Dakota, and Far West Construction of Utah was contracted to work at the site. In addition to OSHA investigation, PLC, Inc.’s insurance company will review the site.



OSHA probing workplace death in Minnesota

Workplace accidents can be devastating and must be thoroughly investigated to determine why exactly the accident occurred and how it could possibly be prevented in the future.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in Minnesota is conducting a probe after an auto parts store employee recently died, an Austin Daily Herald article reported on February 17.

According to reports, an O’Reilly Auto Parts Store employee identified as 81-year-old John Simon Schafer was rushed to Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester on February 12. Schafer was pronounced dead at the Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys campus in Rochester. Although OSHA spokesman James Homerman confirmed the investigation, he declined to give further details about the nature of the accident or how the accident victim died. A spokesperson for O’Reilly Auto Parts, Mark Merz, chose not to release a comment pertaining to the OSHA’s investigation.

The workers’ compensation lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates send their condolences to the family and friends who currently grieving over this sudden loss.



Industrial worker killed in Hopkins

An industrial worker was killed in an accident inside a food distribution warehouse in Hopkins, Minnesota, an article on kare11.com reported September 22.

Hopkins Police stated that the fatal occurrence took place on September 21 at around 2:00 p.m. inside Supervalu Food Distribution Center. A 51-year-old worker, whose name was not revealed, got pinned in an accident. The worker succumbed to his injuries before responding crews could arrive. Further details were not released by the company, and operation was temporarily halted. The state’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Hopkins Police are investigating the incident.

The Minnesota lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates send their deepest regards to the family and friends who are grieving the recent and unexpected loss of their loved one.



Fairfax City power line accident killed one employee, injured another

One worker was killed and another suffered injuries in their workplace near Fairfax after they were involved in an electrical accident, CBS Minnesota reported on July 28.

Reports provided by the Renville County Sheriff’s Office said the two employees of Donovan Construction were working on a power line at a Great River Energy construction project at around 8:00 a.m. when the accident occurred. Both of the workers experienced electrical shock, and one died of his injuries. The two were airlifted to a hospital. Authorities did not release information on the condition of the second worker, who survived the accident. Investigators are looking into the cause of the fatal workplace accident. Meanwhile, the construction project has temporarily been halted by Great River Energy.

The thoughts and condolences of the entire legal team at Robert Wilson & Associates go out to the families and loved ones of the affected workers.



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.



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