Wisconsin man injured in construction accident

A 41-year-old man from Green Bay, Wisconsin was recently injured while working on a construction site in Fond du Lac County.

The accident occurred at around 5 p.m. on Townline Road. The man, who worked for a painting company that was repainting the steel of an overpass, was climbing a ladder when he suddenly fell off of it. He fell a total of 25 feet and hit some scaffolding on the way down.

The man was airlifted to Theda Clark Medical Center to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. The man was wearing a safety harness at the time of the accident, however, it was not connected to a safety line. Officials will be investigating the accident.

If you or someone you love has suffered a fall injury while working on a construction site, please contact the Minnesota slip and fall lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates at (612) 334-3444.

OSHA issues new fall protection rules to be followed by contractors

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a few weeks ago that they would be requiring homebuilders and general contractors to adhere to tougher fall protection rules, and the rules would have to be implemented in at least three months. However, the state of Minnesota opted to implement the rules on Monday, June 20, which has many wondering if contractors will be able to apply the new rules so soon.

As part of the new rules, private residential contractors will have to use standard safety equipment, such as guardrails and netting, to protect workers who are at least six feet above the ground. Critics of the new laws have said that the added cost of standard safety equipment will be passed on to consumers and raise the cost of building houses by $200-$500.

Minnesota contractors only had a couple of weeks to prepare for the changes, and, according to Pam Perri, the executive vice president of the Builders Association of Minnesota, “…to get them up to speed in a short period of time doesn’t happen, especially during construction season.”

Keeping workers protected should be the number one priority for construction companies and contractors. If you or someone you love has suffered serious injuries in a slip and fall accident at work, please contact the Minnesota slip and fall lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates at (612) 334-3444.

Carnival employee killed by fall off ferris wheel

A 42-year-old carnival worker from Georgia died early Monday morning after he fell from a ferris wheel that he was attempting to dismantle.

The man and a co-worker were disassembling rides at a North Carolina carnival a little after 1:00 a.m. The two men were using safety cables as harnesses as they tore down the rides. When they attempted to tear down the ferris wheel, the safety cables malfunctioned and the two men fell. The 42-year-old man suffered blunt force trauma from the fall and died soon after. The other worker suffered serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

The OSHA is still investigating the accident to determine why the safety cables malfunctioned.

If you or someone you love has died or been injured after falling from an elevated height at work, please contact the Minnesota slip and fall attorneys of Robert Wilson & Associates at (612) 334-3444.