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Mike Bryant

Surprising Retirement : Minnesota Workers Lose A Friend

There was a little surprise and sadness in the announcement on Friday that Minnesota Representative Tom Rukavina is retiring. There are other friends of the the consumer that are retiring, but…

Mike Bryant

Would Better Diets Help With Safer Workers?

In the last several years, the obesity epidemic and the increasing incidence of diabetes have gotten significant attention in the news, often with a focus on what we can do to reverse these…

Mike Bryant

Minnesota Seeing Way Too Many Construction Deaths

While construction deaths declined nationally in 2010, Minnesota saw an increase.
Construction deaths decreased 10 percent between 2009 and 2010 and by nearly 40 percent over the five years,…

Mike Bryant

The Effects of Radiation

News of the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan continues to emerge on a daily basis. Ever since the natural disaster occurred, and particularly in the last couple of weeks, the focus has largely…

Shannon Weidemann

Man Dies in Oregon Construction Accident

A construction worker from Stayton was killed on Wednesday in a highway repaving project. The construction accident happened in Alsea on Highway 34. The victim was using an asphalt grinder. The grinder rolled over the man and down an embankment. It appears part of the highway collapsed causing the accident. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was employed by Hatch Company, a…

Shannon Weidemann

Construction Worker Killed in El Paso Accident

A 26-year-old construction worker was killed in El Paso after being run over by a bulldozer. The construction accident happened at Paragon and Mesa Street. The construction workers were repairing an arroyo. “Firefighters arrived. They found a 26-year-old male unconscious. He was unresponsive. They initiated CPR and resuscitation measures. They transported him to a hospital,” said Lt. Mario…

Jenny Albano

Two Minnesota Workers Killed in Oil Pipeline Fire

Two workers were killed in a fire at a major oil pipeline from Canada on Wednesday, November 28, which then sent oil prices soaring. The workers were trying to fix the underground pipeline when the flames escaped igniting the fire. Residents from the area had to be evacuated from the area because of the thick smoke. The fire burned until the next morningApparently the pipe had leaked a few…

Shannon Weidemann

Charlotte Construction Workers Hurt in Fall

Two construction workers were hurt in a fall from a scaffolding in Charlotte on Friday. The men were injured in a 20 foot fall. The construction accident happened at a new home that is being built on Lederer Ave. “They were working on the outside of the house when for whatever reason the wooden scaffolding gave way.”The workers had non-life threatening injuries and were able to talk to the…

Michael Johnson

Minnesota Workplace Injuries on the Decline

A survey released in November show that workplace injuries in Minnesota decreased by 3.6 percent in 2004 – this after an 8.3 percent decrease in 2003. The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) examined the records of nearly 5,000 private and public-sector employers for the 2004 data.According to the DOLI website:A total of 105,500 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were…