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Ruling Handed Down Regarding A Fatal Work Accident from Last Year

A ruling was just handed down regarding a work accident that led to the death of one worker and an injury to another last summer.


U.S. Bank Stadium contractor Mortenson Construction and subcontractor Berwald Roofing face fines of $173,400 for "serious" and "willful" safety violations in the death of one worker and injury to another last August.

The two companies were cited after an investigation by the state Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The inspection reports, with citations and fines, were posted on the federal Department of Labor's website.

The reports don't provide an explanation of the accidents, but the largest fine - $70,000 - and most serious alleged violation faults Berwald for willfully failing to have workers use proper fall protection while working at heights above 6 feet.

To issue a citation for a "willful" violation, an investigator must determine an employer was aware of a hazardous condition and made no reasonable effort to eliminate it. Willful violations are uncommon.

It's never been publicly stated whether the workers, who were Berwald employees, were wearing safety harnesses. This latest citation is the closest official indication that something wasn't properly in place.

If you've been injured while employed the job, call us and discover what your rights are. We will explore your options with you and then fight alongside you to ensure you get the compensation you deserve!

No matter the severity of the injury, it is important that ever worker know his or her rights. Don't assume your employer will let you know of all of your options. 99% of the time, your employer will just let you know of the options that are most convenient...for them. They'll try and sweep your injury under the rug and hope that you don't try to pursue your compensation any further.

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