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.



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.



Attorney Roger Poehls helps injured baggage handler settle workers’ comp suit

Attorney Roger Poehls of Robert Wilson & Associates was recently featured in the StarTribune after helping Christopher “Kip” Hedges, a former baggage handler for Delta Air Lines, reach a settlement in a workers’ compensation case filed against the Atlanta-based airline. Hedges suffered severe back injuries in the course of his job, and filed a workers’ compensation claim to pursue compensation for these injuries. In accordance with the terms of the settlement, the actual amount settled upon is to remain private.

According to Poehls, “I think all parties were satisfied with the results. It was a difficult situation for someone that spent so much time working for the airlines.”

In addition to the workers’ compensation case, Hedges was also pursuing a separate claim against the company after he was fired for making public comments about low wages and attempting to unionize.

This case began when Hedges claimed he was fired in December for stating that “a lot of Delta workers make less than $15 an hour and are very concerned about this issue.” The statement was made during a video interview for the online labor publication Workday Minnesota. Hedges also reached a confidential settlement in this case.



Steps to prevent mechanical power press injuries

Mechanical power presses have the potential to cause serious workplace injuries. If you oversee the operations of mechanical power press machines at work, this machinery should be regularly maintained in the following ways in order to help prevent accidents to workers:

  • Make sure that brakes, clutch locks, or interlocking guards are properly working.
  • Workers should conduct daily inspections of such machines for themselves before operation.
  • Create a standard operating procedure of the machine and make it sure that all workers follow it.
  • Only qualified mechanics or technicians should repair any problems of such machinery.
  • During repair or adjustments, make sure that the machines are completely turned off.
  • Workers should refrain from using mechanical power press if it requires repair.

Workers unfortunately are at high risk of suffering serious injuries in their workplace if the machine they are operating suddenly malfunctions due to a preventable problem. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, the Minnesota workers’ compensation lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates may be able to help you find the financial compensation you may be needing. Call our office today at (612) 334-3444 to learn more about your legal options.



Welder killed in Dayton workplace blast

A male welder in Dayton was killed after an explosion took place while he was performing his work duties, according to a CBS Minnesota article on July 13.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner identified the fatality as James Hente, 37, who was a resident of Osseo. Reports revealed that Hente was working on a pontoon float at 9:17 a.m. on July 8 when the explosion occurred. Hente, who was an employee with Crystal Welding, was pronounced dead after emergency crews arrived at the explosion site. It was later found that he died of blunt force trauma to the head. Authorities confirmed that no other workers were injured in the blast. Although the incident was framed as an accident, the Dayton Police are being assisted by the state’s OSHA in investigating this fatal workplace explosion.

The deepest thoughts of the lawyers at Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota go out to the family and friends affected by this tragic loss.



Minnesota hospital employee badly injured in attack

A staff member in a Minnesota hospital recently suffered serious injuries after being attacked by one of the patients, the St. Peter Herald reported on July 14.

According to reports, St. Peter Police were called at around 7:25 p.m. on July 13 after a female employee was assaulted by a 16-year-old patient inside Minnesota Security Hospital. A statement from a workers’ group revealed that the female staff member, whose identity was not disclosed, sustained serious injuries after the patient struck her head against the wall and kicked her several times. Police officials and the Minnesota Department of Human Services are investigating the incident. A worker union in Minnesota rallied in St. Peter just this past April to express concern about employees in hazardous working environments.

In this difficult situation that you have sustained serious injuries while performing your job, it is crucial that you get workers’ compensation benefits to support you and your family as you recover. The Minnesota lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates may represent you. Call our offices today at (612) 334-3444 to find out how we may work for you.



Minnesota truck operator injured in road accident

A semitrailer truck operator from Isanti, Minnesota became injured when the vehicle he was driving got involved in an accident in the eastern portion of Preston, the Post Bulletin reported on June 30.

Information coming from the Minnesota State Patrol revealed that 28-year-old Peter Burhite was brought to Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Mary’s Campus due to non-life threatening injuries he sustained. Sheriff Tom Kaase of Fillmore County said the semitrailer was on the southbound portion of U.S. Highway 52 when it lost control and struck a cemented culvert. The state Department of Transportation reportedly assisted responding authorities in the crash scene.

The lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates strongly believe that Minnesota workers should immediately get their workers’ compensation benefits when they sustain injuries due to job-related events. If you believe your benefits are being wrongfully denied to you, our workers’ compensation attorneys may be able to help. Speak with a member of our skilled legal team by calling (612) 334-3444 today.



Rail yard worker killed in Minneapolis accident

A male rail yard worker in northeast Minneapolis suffered fatal injuries after an accident in his workplace, CBS Minnesota reported on May 26.

According to reports, authorities identified the victim as Tyrell Anderson, 29, an employee of Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway. A railway company spokesperson stated that on May 25, Anderson was unloading track materials near the railway when another incoming train struck the material, which then fell on top of him. Reports revealed that Anderson had served BNSF as a trackman for over eight years.

Unfortunately, families suffer from great emotional, physical, and financial difficulties when they lose a loved one in fatal workplace accidents. If you are in such a situation, you may pursue remunerations through the workers’ compensation system to support your family during this difficult time. Get in touch with the Minnesota lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates today at (612) 334-3444 to learn more about your legal options.



What should I do after a workplace injury?

Accidents in the workplace are sometimes unavoidable and could potentially occur during work at any kind of job. Workers who have been injured while performing their jobs should do the following immediately:

  • Ideally workers who were injured while doing their job should notify their employers immediately after the incident.
  • In some situations, workers may need to prioritize getting emergency treatment before they notify their employers.
  • Injured workers should truthfully provide details on how the workplace accident happened and how they became injured.
  • Employers of injured workers should provide a “First Report of Injury” (FROI).

Suffering injuries in the workplace is frustrating, especially as it may affect a person’s livelihood and ability to provide for his or her family. If you have experienced this in Minnesota, the attorneys at Robert Wilson & Associates may help you fight for the workers’ compensation you need to cover the cost of medical expenses and lost wages. Call us at (612) 334-3444 today to learn how we may work diligently on your behalf.



Public safety workers unprepared to handle oil accidents

In a January 15 study of the Minnesota Public Safety Department, public workers were found to lack knowledge about how to respond to oil accidents, such as train or pipeline accidents, the Grand Forks Herald stated.

According to the report, safety workers were poorly rated in terms of preparedness. The local governments also lacked trained workers and appropriate equipment for responding to great oil spills and fires, the study revealed. Several trains containing huge amount of crude oil pass through Minnesota every day. The report stressed the importance of training fire crews and emergency personnel to respond efficiently in oil disasters.

Sometimes, injuries in the workplace occur due to insufficient training. If you have been injured at work in Minnesota, the attorneys of Robert Wilson & Associates can assess your ability to qualify for workers’ compensation or additional funds. Learn how we may work on your behalf by calling our offices at (612) 334-3444 today.