Workplace deaths increased last year in Minnesota

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.



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.



Worker dies in Lakeville industrial mishap

An industrial worker was recently killed after he was involved in a workplace accident in Lakeville, a November 16 local Eyewitness News article reported.

Information coming from Lakeville Police said Burnsville resident Mitchell Robert Hauschildt, 28, suffered serious injuries at a Genpak industrial facility located at 8235 220th Street on November 15. According to the incident report, authorities were notified of a workplace accident at around 7:43 in the morning. Houschildt was reportedly involved in an incident with a packaging machine that resulted in his sustaining severe injuries. He was airlifted to a hospital, but was unable to recover and died later.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revealed that Genpak has previously received three citations that were all considered to be serious. OSHA and police are investigating the fatal workplace accident, and Genpak representatives have announced that they will be cooperating with authorities during the investigation. The company also expressed sympathy for the family of the victim in a statement issued after the death.



OSHA still investigating deadly accident in Vikings Stadium construction

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently stated that they are still investigating the recent accident that happened during the construction of Vikings Stadium, where one worker was killed and another was injured, CBS Minnesota reported on September 2.

In a report, OSHA stated that the two workers of Berwald Roofing “fell and slid” while they were positioning a roof. The worker who was fatally injured in the accident fell and struck a platform above the ground after he went through a guardrail. The other worker, according to OSHA, only sustained injuries from the accident after he was caught by a post. OSHA is investigating if the man who was fatally injured was restrained by a harness when the accident happened. Reports revealed that the employer of the two workers had received nine counts of citations from OSHA in the last five years- mainly for failing to protect workers from fall accidents.

The lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota understand that families experience physical, emotional, and financial hardships after losing a loved one in a workplace accident. However, if this happens to you, we may work on your behalf if negligent companies are involved. Speak with us today at (612) 334-3444 to learn more of your options.



1 dead, 1 badly hurt in Vikings stadium accident

A worker recently died and another was hospitalized with serious injuries after they got involved in a construction accident in Minnesota, an article from Star Tribune reported on August 27.

Reports said on August 26, two employees of Berwald Roofing Co. accidentally fell from the Vikings stadium roof. Both of the roofers, who were working on the edge of the roof, fell into the snow gutter from an estimated height of 50 feet. One of the workers, identified as a Northfield resident, was killed in the accident while the other individual, who was not named, was seriously injured. Though details of the accident were not released yet, Mortenson Construction Senior Vice President John Wood stated that the two workers were doing standard work when the accident happened.

The Minnesota lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates express our deepest condolences to the family and friends who are mourning in the loss of their loved one.



Minnesota industrial worker succumbed to injuries after accident

A few days after being seriously injured in an industrial workplace accident, Hibbings resident Patrick Ryan, 22, succumbed to his injuries, according to the Grand Folks Herald on June 5.

According to reports, Ryan was pronounced dead on June 3 at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. Ryan, who was an employee of Cast Corp., suffered injuries on May 26 after he was trapped beneath a machine while working. An obituary stated that the young worker, who is survived by his immediate family, considered his fellow workers to be “his second family.” A sibling of Ryan named Michael was also working at Cast Corp. The OSHA is attempting to determine the cause of the fatal industrial accident.

CEO of Cast Corp Tim Bungarden described how appreciated Ryan was as a worker, and stated on behalf of the company that they are saddened by this loss. A scholarship fund was established in Ryan’s name.



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.



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.