OSHA postpones enforcement of new workplace rules again

The “anti-retaliation” provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that were expected to be implemented in November have been moved, an article, posted by the Society for Human Resource Management, reported on October 26.

The new OSHA rule will require employers to remind employees of their rights to report any workplace hazards or accidents. Employers, on the other hand, have a duty to notify OSHA of any harm or illnesses happening in their workplace. The new law initially was scheduled to be implemented on August 10, however, it was rescheduled on November 1 then it was moved again on December 1. Though the implementation of the “anti-retaliation” provision has been moved, an attorney has suggested that employers should now start implementing the provision. Provisions regarding post-incident drug testing and safety incentives have been moved to December 1 as well.

Though rules are created to promote workplace safety, there are still an unfortunate number of incidents of workers getting injured or falling ill. If this happened to you in Minnesota, an attorney of Robert Wilson & Associates may offer you legal assistance for you to get your workers’ compensation benefits in a timely manner. Call us today at (612) 334-3444 to find out how we may work on your behalf.



Employee suffers amputation injury in Minnesota workplace accident

A workplace accident in Le Sueur, Minnesota resulted in an employee suffering an amputation injury to his arm. State authorities confirmed that they are already investigating the incident, an article of Le Sueur News-Herald reported on October 25.

According to reports, 31-year-old Jake Krekelberg lost a portion of his arm on October 11 while working at La Sueur Cheese Company. Krekelberg, who was a production supervisor in the industrial facility, was working with machinery when the accident occurred. The workplace accident, which happened around 2:13 a.m., was confirmed as several emergency units responded to the scene. Agents from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said they are investigating the incident. Krekelberg was thankful for the support he received and he is expecting to go back to work soon. Krekelberg’s employer did not issue a statement regarding the accident.

Many families find themselves facing financial hardships after their loved ones suffer serious workplace injuries. However, if this happens to you in Minnesota, the lawyers at Robert Wilson & Associates may be able to secure your workers’ compensation benefits. Learn more about your legal options today by calling (612) 334-3444.



How workers can prevent injuries on the job

Workers in Minnesota often find themselves incapable of providing for their family’s needs after sustaining injuries in the workplace. Depending on the severity of an injury, workers may need to refrain from going to work while recuperating, which automatically translates to income loss. However, below are actions workers can practice each day to prevent such unfortunate situations.

  • Always be alert while you are in your work environment.
  • Practice proper posture when sitting or when lifting heavy things.
  • Make it a habit to take regular breaks to maintain alertness.
  • Make sure that emergency exits and first aid kits can be accessed easily.
  • Never work while under the influence of intoxicants.
  • Notify supervisors or employers regarding potential dangers in the workplace.
  • Eliminate things in the workplace that could cause stress and anxiety.
  • Always wear or use safety devices when necessary.

While practicing the following tips can help you avoid getting hurt in your workplace, occasional accidents are inevitable. If you sustained an injury in the workplace, a lawyer may work on your behalf to help you obtain the financial assistance needed for recovery. Call a workers’ compensation lawyer at Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota today at (612) 334-3444 to learn more about your options.



Corn picker expected to recover after workplace injury in Minnesota

At least one person suffered physical injuries in central Minnesota after he was involved in an accident that took place while he was doing his job as a corn picker, an October 2 article of SCTimes reported.

Information coming from the authorities of Wright County Sheriff’s Office revealed that the 37-year-old Watkins resident had his hand pinned by rollers on October 1 while picking corn. The accident reportedly occurred after the man attempted to unplug the machinery he was using. The pressure of the rollers crushed the hand of the worker and rescuers were able to free him after disassembling the machine, which took about an hour and a half. The man’s injuries were believed to be non-life-threatening in nature.

Families often have to deal with a great financial loss when their loved ones suffer injuries while doing their jobs. However, if you are facing financial hardships in Minnesota, a lawyer at Robert Wilson & Associates may be able to help you get your necessary workers’ compensation benefits for recovery. Call us today at (612) 334-3444 to find out how we can work on your behalf.



Risks associated with faulty work equipment

Over the years advanced machinery had been developed to boost up work productivity. However, there are unfortunate situations in which complicated machinery can cause serious harm to workers when it fails to work properly. Below are some of the injury risks associated with malfunctioning machinery:

  • Amputations
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Crush injuries

The severity of injuries workers may sustain from defective machinery could vary depending on the complexity of the machinery they use. The above-mentioned injuries often result in a great financial loss as workers with such injuries are required to undergo serious treatment and wait for some time to recover. Workers should note that they are entitled to get financial assistance in this difficult time that they suffer injuries in the workplace.

Though there are benefits available for injured workers, the attorneys at Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota understand that getting your workers’ compensation benefits is difficult if you are unaware of the process. However, if you are in such frustrating situation, we may offer you legal assistance for you to possibly get the treatment funds you need for recovery. Call us today at (612) 334-3444 to learn more about your legal options.



Worker injured in Minnesota trench accident

A construction worker in Crosby, Minnesota was rescued after being involved in a trench accident while on the job, an article of the Bemidji Pioneer reported on September 9.

According to reports, 21-year-old Joseph Erickson was involved in a workplace accident that happened around 11:09 a.m. on September 8. Erickson reportedly got trapped inside a trench at a construction site after falling from a 15 foot excavation. Rescuers initially had a hard time determining Erickson’s location. He sustained several fall-related injuries that, according to police chief Kim Coughlin, made for a “scary situation.” Residents provided assistance to responding fire crews in salvaging Erickson from the pit, Coughlin also said.

Workers have to deal with financial difficulties after sustaining injuries while on the clock. However, if you are injured on the job, working with a skilled attorney is important to help you obtain the workers’ compensation benefits you need for recovery. Speak with an attorney at Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota today by calling (612) 334-3444 to learn more about your options.



Hazards of working in confined spaces

Due to very limited movement and space availability, it is critical for employers to ensure the safety and health of their employees while doing work in confined spaces. Workplaces with manholes, underground tunnels, or any similar spaces can have increased cases of serious injuries in workers if their employers become negligent. Below are the typical hazards related to confined spaces:

  • Electric shocks
  • Low oxygen levels
  • Exposure to toxic fumes or chemicals
  • Poor lighting condition
  • Fall hazards
  • Flooding

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) had created a standard for employers to follow to keep their workers safe while working in confined spaces. Confined space workers who have been injured in their workplace are encouraged by OSHA to file a complaint to possibly prevent it from happening again.

Many families are left dealing with a great financial loss when their loved ones sustain injuries while doing their jobs. If you are in such situation, working with a skilled lawyer is important for you to move toward getting your needed worker’s compensations benefits for recovery. Speak to a lawyer with Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota today by calling (612) 334-3444 to learn more about your legal options.



Injuries employees may sustain while inside the office

Individuals should be aware that workplace injuries can also happen inside the offices. Like any other workplace accidents, office employees suffer from loss of income when they sustain injuries while inside their work environment. Below are the usual causes of injuries that office employees may sustain.

  • Equipment malfunctions
  • Lifting heavy things inside the office
  • Slip and fall injuries
  • Faulty electrical outlets
  • Collisions
  • Repetitive motions
  • Falling objects

With proper training provided by employers, office workers may possibly avoid the above-mentioned causes of injuries. Unfortunately, aside from physical injuries, many workers need recovery period before they can get back to work, therefore affecting their capability to earn a living. However, if you are in such situation, an attorney of the Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota may possibly help you get the workers’ compensation benefits you need for recovery. Call our office today at (612) 334-3444 to find out how we may work on your behalf.



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.