MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — On Thursday, Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel gave an eye opening report on workers compensation cost to the Minneapolis City Council’s Ways and Means Budget subcommittee. He said since 2012 the cost for workers compensation has nearly doubled; it’s now at $2.4 million a year.
Fruetel told the subcommittee most of the injuries were related to strenuous lifting resulting in back and leg problems.
Mark Lakosky, the president of the Minneapolis Fire Fighters Union Local 82, says it’s something they’ve been dealing with for years since cuts began in their department.
“We’ve been averaging between 19 and 26 injuries, long term injuries the last few years,” Lakosky said. “I had a guy who just had back surgery yesterday, the second one in a year.”