Alternative school staff members attacked in Minnesota

A staff member at Harrison Education Center was assaulted by a student on January 7, causing shock and alarm to the Minneapolis School District. This incident marks the fourth assault of a staff member in Minneapolis schools.

Reports said there were two other employees at Harrison Education Center who were attacked by students since December, and a similar incident also took place at River Bend alternative school for K-8 in November. Though the unidentified female teacher who was assaulted on January 7 was not injured, other incidents resulted in staff members sustaining injuries. Principal Monica Fabre of Harrison Education Center, who was assaulted by a female student last month, said she is hoping to recover soon from the concussion she sustained.

The workers’ compensation lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota know all too well that employees can suffer a great deal when they are subjected to hostile or dangerous work environments. Our legal team will work to ensure that the parties responsible for your injuries will be held accountable. To learn more, call (612) 334-3444 today.



Four qualifying factors for workers’ compensation claims

The workers’ compensation benefits program is designed to sustain the financial needs of individuals who have been injured while doing their jobs. While a majority of companies provide such coverage to their employees, it is important for claimants to consider the following before filing a claim:

  • Whether your company provides workers’ compensation coverage
  • If your injury was sustained in the workplace or while performing work-related duties
  • How to provide as much information regarding the injury as possible
  • If a personal injury lawsuit may be more appropriate than a workers’ comp claim

Fully considering the above factors before applying for your workers’ compensation benefits will be an essential part of filing a successful claim that can help you recover from your workplace injury.

The lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota advocate for people who have sustained injuries in the workplace and are seeking compensation for expensive treatments and missed wages. We offer legal assistance to individuals applying for or appealing their much needed workers’ compensation claims. To discuss your case with our legal team today, call (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 to hold meeting to discuss whistleblower rights

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is expected to hold a meeting in Washington tomorrow, Tuesday, November, 10, to further enforce employees to report any employers who are negligent in providing work-conducive environment, OSHA reported on October 26.

Reports said the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee (WPAC) will also attend the meeting to discuss possible measures for protecting whistleblowing employees who step forward to report negative practices of their employing companies.

Public comments, presentation of state plans, and work group discussions are also expected to take place in the meeting. The meeting falls under OSHA’s provision to protect employees in various industries who are vigilant in maintaining healthy, safe, and accountable workplaces, and for ensuring that employers are abiding by OSHA regulations.

There have been notable examples of brave whistleblowers stepping forward to do what they believe is right in holding their company to a high standard of behaviors and practices. When companies fail to provide for the safety and well-being of their employees, the attorneys at Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota want to make sure justice is served. If you have been mistreated by your employer after sustaining an injury on the job, call our office at (612) 334-3444 today to learn about your legal options.



Abuse rampant in US poultry industry

A recent report of a global organization revealed that people in the U.S. are at high risk of experiencing various hazards while working in the poultry industry, a November 5 article of People’s World reported.

A report from Oxfam America found that employees of poultry production companies are at a higher risk of suffering injuries in their work environment. The report also found that workers in the poultry industry are only earning minimal salaries in exchange for their work. The report, which was produced with the help of a worker center in Minnesota and other related groups, gathered data from conducting worker interviews and from studying existing articles on the conditions that are faced everyday by poultry workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a new program to improve poultry workers’ conditions days after Oxfam released their report.

The lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota understand that many workers are unable to meet the needs of their families after suffering injuries in the workplace. If this happens to you, our legal team can offer you representation in pursuit of your rightful workers’ compensation benefits. Call us today at (612) 334-3444 to learn more about your legal options.



Workers injured in Beltrami granary blast

At least two workers recently sustained injuries after an explosion occurred at their place of work in Beltrami, Minnesota, a news article reported on Wednesday, October 7.

According to reports, at about 8:40 a.m., an explosion occurred at the Beltrami Ag Services Granary facility. Authorities from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that two workers suffered injuries from the blast. The workers, only identified as “two males,” were both transported to a medical facility in Crookston, and the extent of their injuries is unknown. Authorities are investigating the cause of the “small explosion.”

Employees who are injured in the workplace often have to deal with unexpected financial and physical hardships that can make maintaining a steady income difficult. If you have been involved in a workplace accident, the workers’ compensation attorneys at the Minnesota offices of Robert Wilson & Associates may be able to help you pursue compensation to help you recover. Call us at (612) 334-3444 to discuss your case today.



Workers’ right to report incidents resulting in injuries

Every worker in the United States has a right to report injuries or illnesses that were acquired while in the workplace as mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

It is employers’ responsibility to provide record-keeping for their workers to use in reporting injuries or illnesses that have occurred in their workplace. The record-keeping system should be understandable and should be easily used by every worker. Every employer should encourage their workers to immediately notify them about injuries or illnesses happening in their work environment. Every worker who believes that they are being discriminated or retaliated against by their employer after reporting such incidents have a right to file a complaint to OSHA within 30 days.

The legal team of Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota advocate for workers who have been injured in their workplace. If you are in such a situation, we may possibly help you get your much-needed workers’ compensation benefits for your fast recovery. Find out how we may work on your behalf today by calling (612) 334-3444.



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.



Assaults at Minnesota state mental hospital has doubled from 2011 to 2014

Incidents of staff assaults inside the facilities of mental health programs in St. Peter, Minnesota have doubled from 2011 to 2014 after the state decided to lessen restraint use on patients.

According to the Department of Human Services there were 173 hospital staff assault incidents in 2014 compared to the 78 incidents reported in 2011. Such incidents where hospital staff were attacked escalated dramatically in the three years since 2011. The new measures to lessen the use of force were instilled in 2011 after families of mentally challenged patients filed lawsuit against the inhumane use of restraints at St. Peter’s facilities. In the first half of 2015, data revealed that there are already 129 incidents of assaults on hospital staff members.

The lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota understand that many hospital workers have to deal with great financial loss after being assaulted by patients at their place of work. However, if this happens to you, we may possibly help you get workers’ compensation benefits to sustain your family while you are recovering. Find out how we may work on your behalf today by calling (612) 334-3444.