This past week resulted in tragedy for two families whose loved ones were killed in separate work injuries.
The first accident occurred on December 5, 2013. A construction working was killed in an injury involving a scissor lift at a construction site in Downtown Crossing in Boston. The injured construction worker died later that same day after being taken to a Tufts Medical Center. The accident is under investigation.
The second accident occurred on December 9, 2013. The accident involved a steelworker who was crushed by a 12,000 steel beam. The worker was employed at Boston Bridge & Steel, Inc. in East Boston. The worker was from El Salvador where his wife and children live. The accident is being investigated by OSHA.
A report titled, Dying for Work In Massachusetts: The Loss of Life and Limb in Massachusetts, was issued in the Spring of 2013 and lays out some troubling facts surrounding workplace safety and work accident fatalities in Massachusetts. The report was developed by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, MassCOSH and Western MassCOSH. There were 32 deaths from work accidents in Massachusetts in 2012 which was down from 58 deaths in 2011 and 47 deaths in 2010. Construction workers were among the highest segment of workers killed on the job. Falls resulted in 6 deaths. The report suggests that insufficient funding and staffing of OSHA is a factor resulting in deadly workplace hazards.
If your loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a work injury, you should contact an experienced workers comp attorney immediately. You may have additional legal rights through a third-party claim against the company responsible for the work injury or safety hazard. It is critical to investigate these accidents as soon as possible in order to preserve the evidence and your legal right to compensation.