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.



2 catering staff members injured in Minneapolis truck mishap

Two employees of a catering service suffered injuries at an international airport in Minneapolis after the delivery truck they were riding in got involved in an accident, an article of KARE 11 reported on November 27.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) said a food delivery truck containing two people fell into a tunnel leading to the airport’s terminal and airfield after crashing into a tarmac’s gate at MSP International Airport. The two men were treated for the non-life-threatening injuries they sustained. Though the catering firm was known for servicing airplanes at the airport, authorities are still figuring out the cause of the solo vehicle accident. Responding crews confirmed that none of the flights were affected by the incident.

Workers often find themselves struggling to provide for the financial needs of their families after suffering injuries in the workplace. However, if you suffer a workplace accident, working with an attorney could be a viable option to help you get your workers’ compensation benefits. Discuss your situation with an attorney of Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota today at (612) 334-3444 to learn more about your options.



3 injured in Minnesota workplace blast caused by faulty machinery

A workplace accident resulted in three workers injured in Eden Valley, Minnesota after machinery exploded, a report of Independent Review stated on November 15.

According to reports, at 2:19 p.m. on November 10, authorities in Meeker County were notified of a dust collector that erupted outside the building of Schlangen’s Custom Cabinets. Reports have confirmed that three of the company’s workers, 46-year-old Duane Stang, 57-year-old James Thielen, and 39-year-old Scott Thielen, suffered burn-related injuries from the blast and fire. An air ambulance was necessary to immediately transport Stang to a hospital, but his injuries were considered non-life-threatening. Scott and James, on the other hand, sustained only minor injuries, but they were also transported to a hospital for treatment. Several fire department units assisted Eden Valley Fire crews in containing the fire.

Sadly, many workers suffer serious injuries when they become explosion victims in their workplace. If you were the victim of a workplace accident, working with a skilled attorney is important, especially if you are filing for your workers’ compensations benefits. Call the Minnesota attorneys of Robert Wilson & Associates today at (612) 334-3444 to find out how we can work for you.



Properly handling patients linked to reduced workplace injuries in hospital

Researchers in Boston recently concluded health care professionals may assume a lower risk of injury if they implement “safe patient handling” practices, according to an article of Fox News Health published on November 4th.

In the study conducted by the researchers at Northeastern University, incidents of health care employees suffering from shoulder and neck injuries in hospitals dropped by 32 percent after a year of implementing safe patient handling policies. The study also revealed there was a significant decrease in other workplace injuries after implementing the policies. On the other hand, workplace injury rates barely changed in a hospital without similar patient handling policies and devices for assisting patients. Lead researcher Dr. Jack Dennerlein said implementing such policies likely benefit both patients and hospital workers.

Sadly, many hospital workers experience a reduction in pay after missing work when they sustain injuries at work. However, if this happens to you in Minnesota, an attorney at Robert Wilson & Associates could help you get the workers’ compensation benefits you need for recovery. Speak with us today by calling (612) 334-3444 to learn more about your options.



Workplace poster required by OSHA for every employer

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to put a poster in their work environment to serve as a reminder of the employees’ rights and how could they can keep themselves safe in their workplace daily.

According to the law, the poster entitled “Job Safety and Health: It’s the Law” should be placed by employers in visible areas within the workplace. The poster, created by OSHA, briefly discusses the rights of every employee and what is expected from employers. The information in the poster is in bullet points and comes in different sizes and languages to make sure everyone can understand the information. Employers can easily get a free copy of the poster in printable form by visiting the official OSHA website or by calling their toll-free number. Employers may face citations or stiff penalties if OSHA discovers they failed to stick a poster in the work environment.

The attorneys at Robert Wilson & Associates understand that many Minnesota workers suffer serious workplace injuries due to their employers’ negligence. If you were the victim of a workplace accident, we may be able to help you obtain your workers’ compensation benefits for a fast recovery. Call our office 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.



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.



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