Tyson Foods facing $263K worth of fine over serious workplace accident

America’s largest poultry processing company, Tyson Foods is being ordered to settle a fine of over $263,000 after one of their poultry workers sustained a serious injury at a Tyson facility in Texas, an article of workday Minnesota reported on August 21.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reportedly conducted an investigation after a worker’s finger got amputated while near an unprotected conveyor belt of a deboning machinery. OSHA later found out that from February until July of this year, Tyson had committed 15 serious safety violations in their workplace. According to reports, serious workplace safety violations were not new to Tyson Foods after they were accused in a recent Government Accountability Office report. Tyson Foods workplaces were determined to be dangerous nearly three years ago.

The attorneys at Robert Wilson & Associates understand that, unfortunately, many workers in Minnesota suffer serious workplace injuries as a result of negligent employers. If you think you are in such situation, we may offer you legal assistance for you to get your workers’ compensation benefits for fast recovery. Find out how we may work on your behalf today by calling (612) 334-3444.



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.



Fosston deputy injured in helicopter shooting

A deputy in Polk County recently suffered injuries after someone fired shots at the helicopter he was riding in while surveying an area, an article of Post Bulletin reported on August 9.

According to reports, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter was hovering over an area on August 8 where authorities believe that drug activity was taking place. The helicopter’s window was then damaged after someone shot at it with a firearm. A deputy in the chopper, whose name was not released, was transported to a hospital for treatment of his injuries, which were caused by the fired shots or from the chopper’s glass window. Responding authorities from Clearwater arrested a 71-year-old suspect from a cabin in the woods where they believe the two shots came from. The helicopter’s pilot was not harmed in the shooting incident.

The attorneys at Robert Wilson & Associates understand that many Minnesota families struggle with their daily financial needs when their loved ones suffer injuries on the job. If you are hurt in the workplace, we may be able to provide you legal assistance to aid in claiming your workers’ compensation benefits. Call our office today at (612) 334-3444 to find out how we may work on your behalf.



Minnetonka workers injured after trench collapse

At least two workers suffered injuries in Minnetonka after they were involved in a workplace accident while doing work on a trench, an article of KARE 11 reported on July 25.

According to reports, the two male construction workers, whose names were not revealed, were trapped after the trench they were working in suddenly collapsed. One worker was completely covered by the collapsed trench while the other one was partially covered. It took rescuers approximately 20 minutes to extract them after arriving on the scene. The workers are employees of Dave Perkins Contracting Inc. and were preparing the area for maintenance when the accident happened. The victims were transported to a Hennepin County medical facility. One of the workers was unconscious and the other was in moderate condition. An investigation was conducted by the Department of Labor and Industry regarding the incident.

A lot of families are left financially burdened when their loved ones suffer serious injuries in their workplace. However, a lawyer at Robert Wilson & Associates may be able to provide you legal assistance to help you obtain necessary workers’ compensation benefits. Learn more about your options from us today by calling (612) 334-3444.



Ways to prove employer negligence

Workers often struggle to provide for the daily needs of their family, especially when they suffer injuries while doing their job. Workers who are unable to continue work for several weeks often rely on workers’ compensation benefits to supplement their daily income while they recuperate. Workers may need to prove that their employer was liable for their injuries in order to receive the benefits they need.

Employers are considered negligent if they fail to provide sufficient training to their employees. For example, factory workers are at risk of limb dismemberment if their employer fails to train them on how to properly operate machinery. Employers are required to follow safety codes imposed by federal and state authorities, and they can be held liable for violating those codes, especially if violations result in serious injuries. Lastly, workers should note that their employers should provide proper safety gear that is fully functional and can protect them from harm in the workplace. Failure to do so could translate to serious injuries.

Employers, unfortunately, use deceptive tactics to cover up their violations. If your employer caused you injuries, enlisting an experienced attorney can help you obtain the benefits you and your family need while recovering. Speak with an attorney at Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota today by calling (612) 334-3444 to learn more about your options.



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.



Ways to handle insufficient workers’ comp benefits

Regardless of the severity, workers who have been injured while doing their jobs should receive sufficient benefits for recovery. Unfortunately, families are often left struggling with a great financial loss when insurance companies become negligent in assessing their claim. Injured workers and their families may take the following actions to prove the workers’ compensation benefits they received were insufficient:

  • Investigate why the benefits are insufficient.
  • Collect all papers, such as medical records, supporting one’s injury claim.
  • Make a detailed summary of all expenses, including receipts, related to injury treatment.
  • Seek legal advice from an experienced attorney.

A workers’ compensation attorney may be able to help you determine if the benefits you are receiving as an injured worker are sufficient. If you suspect that your insurer has been negligent in releasing your benefits in Minnesota, an attorney at Robert Wilson & Associates could work for you. Find out how we can help you get your much-needed benefits by calling (612) 334-3444.



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.



Robert Wilson to present at national conference on workers’ comp

At Robert Wilson & Associates, we are excited to announce that our very own Robert Wilson will be presenting as part of a national seminar called “Negotiating Workers’ Compensation Settlements” on the 10th of June. The seminar will cover strategies that attorneys can use to help their clients achieve fair settlements through negotiation.  In particular, Wilson will be discussing strategies by which the Affordable Care Act may be used during workers’ comp settlement negotiations, along with how attorneys can minimize Social Security Offsets during these negotiations. To learn more about the seminar and the other presenters, please take a moment to click here and visit the National Business Institute’s site.

 



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