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Companies fined after employee dies on the job

OSHA investigators in Minnesota concluded that a 35-year-old man's death was caused by inadequate fall protection. The man died while working on the Vikings' stadium's north roof face in August 2015 when he fell 50 feet. His employer, Berwald Roofing, was found to be using one guardrail system instead of two when the accident occurred. The company was fined $113,200 for three serious violations in the case.

MSHA response times criticized in DOL report

Minnesota residents may be alarmed to learn that the Mine Safety and Health Administration is sometimes slow to notify mine operators about conditions that could pose an imminent danger to workers. The response times of 6 of the federal agency's 12 coal districts were detailed in a report released by the Department of Labor on Sept. 30, and coal district 9, which covers a large part of the western United States, took 47 minutes on average to relay complaints about hazardous working conditions to mine operators.

Get answers to workers' compensation questions

Workers' compensation is important for those who have been injured on the job. This is especially true in high-risk occupations such as construction, warehouse work and manufacturing. But if you were injured, do you actually have a claim? That's an important question, and one that you may want to answer with the help of a good attorney.

Spate of fatal accidents lead to stepped up mine inspections

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced that safety inspection efforts are being stepped up in Minnesota and around the country. The announcement follows a series of fatal mine and quarry accidents on August 3. A burst silo at a gravel and sand mine in northern Virginia killed a plant operator, a miner working underground at a Nevada facility was struck and killed by mining equipment and a worker lost his life in North Dakota after being engulfed by a stockpile.

Researchers say recycling work is unnecessarily hazardous

Recycling workers in Minnesota work in a dangerous industry, according to a study that was published on June 23 by University of Illinois School of Public Health researchers and other experts. The study found that recycling workers are more than two times more likely to sustain injuries at work than people in other occupations.

OSHA enacts new rules to prevent workplace accidents

Construction workers in Minnesota need to be cognizant of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's new rules for a potential unsafe working environment in confined spaces. Employers will need to determine the possible dangers, find ways to increase safety, train workers to handle the issues, and have a rescue plan in the event of an accident on the job.

Workplace cave-ins preventable

Minnesota workers who have jobs that require them to work in trenches or other excavated areas may want to be aware that a cubic yard of dirt may weigh in excess of 3,000 pounds. This is enough weight to cause a worker fatality through crushing or suffocation. In the 10 years from 2000 through 2009, there were 350 deaths in the U.S. caused by cave-ins and the majority of these deaths were at depths of less than 10 feet. These types of fatal accidents, however, are preventable.

What are employers' responsibilities in the workplace?

Employees in Minnesota might benefit from learning more about employers' responsibilities in the workplace according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The standards employers are required to abide by are established under the OSH Act. Any violations cited by OSHA personnel must be corrected within the designated time period. Employers are also required to post the citation near the site of the infraction for at least three days or until the violation has been corrected, whichever is longer.

OSHA plans to investigate death of construction worker

Representatives from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration were on the scene of a fatal construction accident in Rochester, Minnesota, along with police and ambulance workers. The agency plans to follow up with a formal investigation after a 30-year-old man apparently died of head trauma when a large object fell from a telescopic forklift and hit him.

More about qualified rehablitation consultants

If you are a Minnesota employee, you may benefit from learning more about qualified rehabilitation consultants. Employees who suffer an injury on the job and receive workers' compensation benefits often interact with qualified rehabilitation consultants. Although qualified rehabilitation consultants are often helpful, ultimately their income is provided by the employer's insurance company. Some contend that the qualified rehabilitation consultant's ultimate agenda may be based on lowering costs for the insurance provider.

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