Posted on Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at 3:22 pm
The Fire Department in Minneapolis is at risk of violating laws issued by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) due to lack of crews.
OSHA requires that fire trucks responding to a fire include at least four crews (two in, two out). However, there have been situations in Minneapolis in which fire trucks only included three crews when responding responding to reports of a fire.
In a recent meeting held at the City Hall, Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel noted that he wanted to increase his existing 376 fire crews to at least 418. Lack of necessary fire crews reportedly resulted in increased personnel injuries. The website of Robert Wilson & Associates, Minnesota workers’ compensation lawyers, notes that in instances like these, employers are often responsible for providing workers’ compensation benefits to injured workers. In fact, since 2012, the Minneapolis Fire Department has paid $2.4 million in workers’ compensation benefits to injured personnel.