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Minnesota crane collapse causes worker injuries

A crane operator reportedly became injured when the utility vehicle collapsed on County Highway 8 and 180th Street near Grand Meadow at about 7 a.m. on Aug. 8. Authorities said the crane tipped over on one end, and the impact crushed the cabin.

According to officials, the driver did escape the tipped vehicle, but the man had to receive treatment at a Rochester hospital. He reportedly was in stable condition by the afternoon, and he did return home to Wisconsin the day after he received medical attention. A company spokesperson said the crew was involved in routine wind turbine repair when the incident occurred. The official stated they have no idea how the accident happened.

Workers said no load was on the lift at the time it tipped over on end, but that the machine had a boom of about 300-320 feet. A light wind was reported, but no heavy gusts were noted. Authorities stated that an ongoing, open investigation of this incident will take place.

A lawyer may study all workplace accident details and use facts presented in reports to formulate a workers' compensation case. Legal assistance may also help injured persons receive the guidance they need when reporting accidents and making accurate incident reports.

Injuries reported to management might be part of a workers' comp claim. People who suffer sudden injuries or injuries that develop over time may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. An attorney might be able to assist workers who are injured in the course of their employment in seeking a claim and help collect any evidence necessary to pursue such a claim.

Source: ABC News 6, "Crane Tips Over, Cabin Crushed With Operator Inside," John Doetkott, Aug. 8, 2014

Source: KTTC, "Man injured in crane collapse near Grand Meadow", August 08, 2014

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