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Accident at Minnesota Supervalu warehouse kills 1 worker

The Hopkins Police responded to a 911 call about an incident inside the Supervalu Food Distribution Center on Sept. 21 resulting in one death. The 51-year-old man suffered serious injuries at about 2:35 p.m. in the warehouse on the 300 block of 2nd Avenue South and died before emergency personnel could assist him.

Workplace safety in the Minnesota farming industry

Every day across America, people work in dangerous environments. Farming is considered one of those dangerous jobs in which workers handle heavy equipment, livestock, hazardous materials and chemicals, any of which can cause deadly accidents. The farming industry just as perilous as those involving logging, roofing, trucking, airplane piloting, working with steel, garbage collecting, construction work, and power-line repair and installing, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What is the process for a workers' compensation claim?

Workers' compensation is financial compensation for injuries, illness or disease suffered while on the job. Minnesota has a workers' compensation system that covers nearly all workers in the state. The first step to making a workers' compensation claim is to notify the employer of the injury or illness. The employer must then fill out an FROI form for submission to the insurance company. The worker must then seek medical attention if necessary. The doctor will fill out a Report of Work Ability.

Dealing with an injury suffered on the job

An accident in the workplace can be challenging as you deal with medical treatments and potential time away from work. Although most Minnesota employers are required to carry workers' compensation insurance to address such situations, there may be cases in which a worker's classification may fall outside this protection. In other cases, it may be tempting to ignore a seemingly minor injury suffered in the work environment. However, complications arising from infections or other issues might not present symptoms until some time after the accident. Prompt filing of a report and attention to medical needs is important.

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