Three construction workers were injured last Friday, September 23, 2011, when hundreds of pounds of rebar fell on them briefly pinning them. The workers were inside a pit preparing the foundation of an 18 story office tower that was under construction. As reported by The Boston Herald, other workers on the construction site removed the steel rebar using a crane. The Boston Fire Department responded and provided emergency medical treatment to the workers who reportedly suffered leg and arm injuries. OSHA is investigating the cause of this construction accident.
A construction worker injured on the job in Massachusetts is entitled to workers compensation benefits for his/her work-related injuries. These workers comp benefits may include:
- Medical benefits
- Weekly workers comp benefits
- Specific compensation for visible scarring/disfigurement or permanent loss of function
- Vocational benefits
In addition to workers compensation benefits, an injured construction worker may be entitled to pain and suffering compensation for a third-party, such as the general contractor or a sub-contractor, who negligently caused the construction accident. For example, OSHA regulations provide that the general contractor has a non-delegable duty to provide all workers on the job site with a safe work place and to ensure that the work is done in compliance with OSHA safety regulations.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a construction accident, you should contact an experienced workers compensation lawyer immediately. It is important to investigate all your potential legal rights to compensation for your work injuries including workers compensation benefits and and a potential third-party claim.