MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota OSHA is investigating after a employee was killed within the lumberyard on the Golden Valley Menards. Nineteen-year-old James Stanback was working a forklift when a pallet of lumber fell, pinning him beneath. His household is grieving the lack of a younger man they are saying had a lot promise.
“He was probably the most kind-hearted younger man that you’d ever meet,” sister Mystaya Stanback, in disbelief that he’s actually gone, mentioned.
“I can’t imagine I’m speaking about him previously tense, what occurred at Menards was a tragedy.”
James Stanback had been on the job for beneath two months on the Golden Valley location.
“We’ve got loads of questions, there’s loads of questions,” Mystaya Stanback mentioned.
Their questions revolve across the forklift he was working, and how much coaching he had. What is obvious is the kind of younger man he was.
“He put pleasure in all the things he did. Failing was not one factor he was going to do. No matter he out his thoughts to, he was going to make it occur,” Mystaya Stanback mentioned.
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They misplaced a brother, and their dad, in 2016. Nonetheless, James Stanback graduated from Patrick Henry Excessive College in North Minneapolis, and he stepped up as the person of the home.
“That’s what he selected to do. To assist assist my mother, set up good credit score so he will be ready to ultimately purchase my mother a home. That was his aim in life. Go to school and deal with my mother and my little brother,” Mystaya Stanback mentioned.
And she or he says she needs to verify folks know what her brother stood for.
“James was a tough employee, compassionate younger man, who solely wished higher for his household. He would by no means harm a fly on the wall. I simply need him to have respect, and I need you all to know who he’s,” Mystaya Stanback mentioned.
Protesters gathered outdoors the Menards in Golden Valley on Friday evening after it reopened. Some tried to dam the doorway earlier than police cleared them out. The shop ended up closing early, simply because it did Thursday.
Minnesota OSHA mentioned it can examine Menards work areas for security or well being hazards, and attempt to decide what prompted or contributed to the accident.
It’ll additionally evaluate if current OSHA requirements had been violated. The family has set up a GoFundMe to assist with funeral bills.