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One of the most dangerous types of accidents that can occur in a factory is known as a machine guarding accident.  A machine guarding accident involves a machine what was not properly guarding so as to prevent a worker from getting an arm, leg, hand, or other body part trapped in a piece of moving machinery.  An improperly guarded machine can easily result in serious personal injury or even death.

bread-p-atilde-o-2-1561228-300x225According to a recent news article from WCPO, the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has just levied a substantial fine against a baking factory after a worker suffered a partial amputation of his arm while cleaning one of the machines at the factory.  The fine was just under $150,000. Continue reading

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Many publicly traded-companies value profits over just about anything else. Unfortunately, this too often means worker safety falls by the wayside. One of the ways companies work to increase their profits each quarter is to cut costs through a process known as efficiencies.

weldingAccording to recent news article from Industry Week, companies and their CEOs and boards of directors should not put profits ahead of worker safety.  While this is certainly something with which everyone should agree, it should be noted that that this article was written by someone in the insurance industry, and that industry is likely more concerned with its own profitability. Continue reading

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Longfellow Bridge, named after Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (author of the famous poem “The Bridge” which once stood in the place of the current bridge) spans the Charles River.  It connects Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood to Kendall Square in Cambridge. The historic bridge, which is adorned by sculptures of Viking Ships, carries the Route 3 roadway, the MBTA or “T” Redline trains, as well as decks for pedestrians and bicycle traffic.

bridge-and-buildings-1188634Unfortunately, the bridge has fallen into a state of disrepair over the years and is now undergoing a major renovation product.  According to a recent news article from the Boston Globe, one of the construction workers on the project was just injured on the job.  The accident occurred around 7 a.m.  When Boston Fire Department (BFD) rescue workers arrived on the scene, they were told that the injured employee was lying underneath the bridge on a portion of the span that was still over land. Continue reading

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According to a recent news article from the Boston Globe, an operator on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Red Line Mattapan Trolley in Dorchester was driving the trolley car when a man wearing a Michael Myers mask viciously attacked him.hand

For those who are not familiar with the mask, it was a rubber mask that covers the wearer’s entire face and also has rubber hair.  It is named after the eponymous character that served as the bad guy in the popular “Halloween” horror movie franchise. Continue reading

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According to a recent news article from ABC News, a former employee of a Pennsylvania Wal-Mart Superstore retuned to the store later that same day and shot an employee.  Authorities have said this does not appear to be a random act of violence.

gunshot-300x225Witnesses reported the 22-year-old defendant returned to the store and shot his former coworker, because he was transitioning his gender from male to female, and the victim was allegedly offended by the defendant’s transition. The two men were reportedly fighting earlier that day before the defendant quit his job and later returned with a gun. Continue reading

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According to a recent news article from PIX 11, a worker for an environmental protection contractor was killed when he fell into a huge concrete tank at a wastewater treatment facility in Brooklyn, NY.

waste water treatmentHe was an employee of a contractor that had been hired to perform some major work at the city’s wastewater treatment plant.  Specifically, the worker was there to install a system to de-chlorinate water that had already been treated.  The equipment was being installed into a water channel at the facility. Continue reading

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State and local agencies have been looking into the company that was handling a construction project where to two Boston workers were killed when they drowned in a trench after a water main ruptured.  In that on-the-job accident, the trench in which the two men were standing and the entire street quickly filled with water after a main broke, and there was nothing anyone could do to save the two men.  What was supposed to be a rescue effort quickly became a recovery operation as firefighters worked for hours into the night to recover the bodies of the two deceased workers.

broken-water-main-1535002According to a recent news article from the Boston Globe, a great deal of information is coming to light about that construction site that has people asking questions.  One piece of information that came to light was that the City of Boston had allegedly told the construction company that it would not be granted any new work permits for jobs in the city until it made some major changes as to the way they do business. Continue reading

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While there is no shortage of reality shows about the world’s deadliest and dangerous jobs, ranging from being a crabber in the Bearing Sea to driving a truck on an ice road, or mining gold underwater, there are lot of ways to get injured or become ill while working at what most people would consider a more normal job.  Many people do not realize that these types of injuries are considered workplace injuries and may allow the injured worker to apply for workers’ compensation benefits.

stethascopeA recent news article from Medical Daily takes a look at some common work-related medical conditions.  The first type of work-related injury or illness that is discussed is carpal tunnel syndrome.   Carpal tunnel syndrome will often result in serious pain in the hand and wrist and possibly the patient’s entire arm.  The condition can also cause weakness in addition to pain.  It is caused when you make repetitive movements that result in pressure being put on the carpal tunnel. Continue reading

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Whenever a worker is killed on the job, the employer is required to notify the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) within eight hours, so the agency can conduct a full investigation into the cause of the worker’s death.  If the worker was found to have died as a result of a safety violation, the agency can assess fines against the employer.  If there was something that could have been done in a safer manner, but it was a not a regulatory violation, they can make recommendations and work to change the regulations in the future.

nitrogenIf the agency finds other safety violations, the agency can issue warnings and fines, even if those violations did not result in the death of the worker.  In addition to when a worker is killed, OSHA must be notified within 24 hours of a serious workplace accident that results in an amputation, hospitalization, or loss of vision in at least one eye.  This is also so OSHA can conduct a full investigation into the cause of the accident. Continue reading

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Over the past month or so, the Boston Globe has been investigating the conditions under which many immigrants are forced to work.  The paper published an exposé on this issue the previous week and is now looking at some of the myths commonly believed by these immigrant workers that allow employers to take advantage of them. Some of these myths deal with the issues pertaining to workers’ compensation.

construction siteOne of these myths is that when a worker takes a job, he or she is assuming the risk that they will be injured on the job, and if that worker does not have adequate health insurance, that loss will fall on them, as their employer is not responsible to cover them for any medical expenses or lost wages. In fact, this could not be farther from the truth. Continue reading