OSHA probing workplace death in Minnesota

Workplace accidents can be devastating and must be thoroughly investigated to determine why exactly the accident occurred and how it could possibly be prevented in the future.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in Minnesota is conducting a probe after an auto parts store employee recently died, an Austin Daily Herald article reported on February 17.

According to reports, an O’Reilly Auto Parts Store employee identified as 81-year-old John Simon Schafer was rushed to Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester on February 12. Schafer was pronounced dead at the Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys campus in Rochester. Although OSHA spokesman James Homerman confirmed the investigation, he declined to give further details about the nature of the accident or how the accident victim died. A spokesperson for O’Reilly Auto Parts, Mark Merz, chose not to release a comment pertaining to the OSHA’s investigation.

The workers’ compensation lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates send their condolences to the family and friends who currently grieving over this sudden loss.



Ways to file a complaint with OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA) and resulting organization has provided three anonymous options for workers who would like to file a complaint if they believe that their OSHA rights has been violated:

1. Workers may submit their written complaints online by visiting the agency’s website under “complaint form.”
2. Workers may file a complaint by calling their regional or area OSHA office. Contacting OSHA through telephone is advised if there is a danger or an emergency situation that needs to be addressed immediately.
3. Workers with an OSHA complaint may download and print a complaint form from a link provided online. Upon completing the complaint form, workers may mail or fax the form to their regional office.

The lawyers at the Robert Wilson & Associates understand that in Minnesota alone many workers’ rights are being violated and their safety compromised. If you think you have an OSHA complaint, we may be able to provide you legal assistance to support your claim. Find out how we may advocate for you today by calling (612) 334-3444.



Two officers injured in Minneapolis accident

Two on duty Minneapolis police officers sustained injuries after their patrol vehicle was hit, CBS Minnesota reported on December 28.

The two police officers, whose names were withheld, reportedly were on their way to an emergency situation at around 2:00 p.m. when the side of their patrol car was struck by another vehicle at the intersection of Washington and Portland Avenues. The officers were transported to a nearby hospital due to the injuries they sustained. The driver of the vehicle that struck the patrol car was later discharged by authorities after undergoing chemical testing. Both officers are expected to make a full recovery.

Unfortunately, police officers, or any workers who are injured while on the job, often struggle with financial loss while recovering. If you are in such situation in Minnesota, the lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates may be able to help you get your much needed workers’ compensation benefits to sustain your expenses while recovering. Call us today at (612) 334-3444 to find out how we may work for you.



Staff injuries at psychiatric hospital spike

Hospital staff at a psychiatric center in Minnesota are reporting increased incidence of assault cases as a result of admitting more mentally-challenged convicted criminals, CBS Minnesota reported on December 6.

The increasing assault incidents on staff at the hands of patients in Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center is likely the result the new “48-hour rule” that requires the fast admission of mentally ill inmates in the facility. Data showed that since the law took effect in November 2013, at least 40 assaults on staff were reported, up from 24 cases the year before. Reports show that workers’ compensation claims in the center in 2014 increased by three folds as a result of the attacks. A hospital employee stated that at least three staff members recently required medical attention after they were assaulted by a patient.

Workers are often burdened with financial difficulties after suffering injuries in their workplace. If you are in such situation in Minnesota, the lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates may be able to assist you in applying for your much needed workers’ compensation benefits. Consult with us today at (612) 334-3444 to find out how we may help you.



Cases of violence against hospital nurses not fully reported

A survey recently revealed that the majority of workplace violence towards nurses go unreported, Fierce Healthcare reported on November 20.

According to Medscape Multispecialty, only grave violence incidents against nurses are usually reported. In the report, 50 percent of the respondents stated that they tend to ignore acts of violence in the workplace when they are not physically injured. Other nurses tend to downplay workplace hostilities, believing it is an inherent aspect of the position. Others said it is inconvenient to report such incidents, as they believe nothing will be rectified. The report was released after a November 2 incident in a Maplewood, Minnesota Hospital where four nurses sustained injuries after a patient armed with a metal bar attacked them. Minnesota nurses claiming workers’ compensation benefits after being assaulted in the workplace reportedly increased.

As a nurse, being assaulted in a hostile work environment can be traumatic and may result in wage loss. If you have been injured in your workplace in Minnesota, the legal team of Robert Wilson & Associates may advocate for you to get your much needed workers’ compensation benefits. Phone us today at (612) 334-3444 to learn more about your options.



St. Paul officer injured in train accident

A police officer in St. Paul, Minnesota suffered injuries after the squad car he was driving was struck by a train, an article on Minnesota Daily stated November 4.

According to reports, the accident occurred at around 2:00 p.m. of November 3 on Pascal Street and University Avenue. The police officer, whose name was withheld, reportedly was heading northbound with his lights on when the squad car was hit by the Green Line train. The officer temporarily lost consciousness, but regained it by the time emergency personnel arrived. He was taken to the hospital complaining of neck pain, Howie Padilla of Metro Transit said. No one inside the train was injured. Passengers were transferred to buses while the accident was being cleared.

Police officers or any workers who suffer injuries on the clock often experience wage loss while in the recovery process. The situation can be worse if your workers’ compensation benefits are delayed. If you are experiencing such difficulties in Minnesota, the legal team of Robert Wilson & Associates may represent you. Find out how we may help you get your much needed funds for your fast recovery today by calling 612-334-3444.



Updated OSHA policy on reporting severe workplace injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced new policies for employers reporting incidents of serious injuries or death of their workers, the agency’s website stated on September 11.

The new OSHA policy mandates that employers report workplace deaths within eight hours, while serious workplace injuries should be reported to the agency within 24 hours. Under the new OSHA rule, all employers are required to report incidents of serious illnesses or injuries in the agency’s web portal. Just last year, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4,405 work-related fatalities, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez said. OSHA also updated the list of industries exempted from keeping records of workplace injuries or illnesses.

Workers who have been injured in the workplace unfortunately suffer income loss and possibly expensive medical treatment. In this difficult situation, you should be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits that allow for your full recovery. However, if your insurer is delaying your much-needed benefits in Minnesota, the lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates may work for you. Learn more about your options from our lawyers today by calling (612) 334-3444.



Fairfax City power line accident killed one employee, injured another

One worker was killed and another suffered injuries in their workplace near Fairfax after they were involved in an electrical accident, CBS Minnesota reported on July 28.

Reports provided by the Renville County Sheriff’s Office said the two employees of Donovan Construction were working on a power line at a Great River Energy construction project at around 8:00 a.m. when the accident occurred. Both of the workers experienced electrical shock, and one died of his injuries. The two were airlifted to a hospital. Authorities did not release information on the condition of the second worker, who survived the accident. Investigators are looking into the cause of the fatal workplace accident. Meanwhile, the construction project has temporarily been halted by Great River Energy.

The thoughts and condolences of the entire legal team at Robert Wilson & Associates go out to the families and loved ones of the affected workers.



Two road workers injured in an I-35 work zone

Two workers suffered from injuries when a vehicle hit their truck as they placed traffic cones on I-35 in Minnesota, ABC 5 News reported on June 22.

According to reports, the incident happened at around 4:00 p.m., northbound of Interstate 35 on Cliff Road. Workers Ronald McDein, 43, and Dennis Scott, 57, were reportedly blocking a road lane for construction work when the accident occurred. McDein sustained serious injuries from the accident while Scott sustained minor injuries. The driver of the vehicle that struck the workers was not injured. The Minnesota Department of Transportation cautioned motorists to be aware of road workers.

Unfortunately, road workers often suffer serious injuries from negligent motorists which results in great monetary loss due to the expensive medical care they need for recovery. If you have been injured in a situation like this, a lawyer may work for you to win your much needed workers’ compensation benefits. Find out how the attorneys of Robert Wilson & Associates may advocate for you today by calling (612) 334-3444.



Worker injured in scaffolding collapse awarded $2 million

A 42 year-old man who was injured at a Binghamton University construction site in 2010 was awarded $2 million last week after he suffered serious injuries when a scaffolding collapsed, plunging him and five others five stories to the ground.

The jury ordered the construction company to pay the injured worker for his medical expenses, past and future lost wages, and his past and future pain and suffering. His attorney says his client suffers from dizziness and PTSD and that traumatic brain injuries affect his memory and cognitive skills.

According to Press Connections, OSHA fined the construction company $12,300 after its investigation found that safety chains that kept the scaffolding in place were never installed.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured on the job, contact the workplace injury attorneys of Robert Wilson & Associates today at (612) 334-3444.