Minnesota workers may be interested in the story of a fatal workplace accident that may have been caused by improper training or faulty equipment. Investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are looking into the matter, but the results of their inquiry may not be ready for months.
A forklift accident at the construction site of a Microtel Inn & Suites in Rochester left a 30-year-old male worker dead. He is survived by his wife and four children. Friends of the victim have created a website to raise funds for the family.
A recent lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor is relevant to Minnesota workers find themselves facing discipline or even dismissal by their employers for reporting accidents or unsafe work conditions.
When Minnesota residents watch the wonders of a circus performance and marvel at the athleticism of acrobats, they may not stop to consider these performers as workers on the job. However, entertaining thousands is the daily job of these acrobats and dancers. This profession is especially known for its high-risk environment. Nevertheless, it is still the duty of circus employers to provide workers with a safe working environment where they are not exposed to hazards, which could be avoided given the proper safety precautions.