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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An incident that took place at a Supervalu Food Distribution Center in Hopkins, Minnesota, on Sept. 21 has left a worker dead. Emergency responders received a call at around 2:35 p.m. after the 51-year-old man was reportedly pinned down by equipment.
A 39-year-old New Carlisle, Ohio, man died on Aug. 6, 2013, after being buried in 8,000 pounds of fly ash while working at a cement plant in Middletown, Ohio. The death was ruled an accident. Earlier that year, 16 people were killed and 160 injured in an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. It had been 13 years since federal safety officials had inspected the cement plant. It also emerged that the Texas fertilizer plant had last been inspected in the 1980s.
Immediately after suffering a work-related injury, an employee's head might be swirling with questions: Will I have to take time away from work to recover? How will I make ends meet if I’m on leave? What will happen to my job while I'm recovering?
Dealing with a work-related injury can be very difficult. In addition to the pain and time spent away from work, a person may have to worry about a difficult workers' compensation claim. Employers -- and workers' compensation insurance providers -- may do whatever is necessary to deny a claim.