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According to a news report from the Sun Chronicle, an employee at a Massachusetts car wash was recently killed on the job. Authorities say the employee was working at the Malden, Massachusetts car wash when he was struck by a car owned by a customer.

car-wash-4-1508128A representative from the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office released a statement saying the car hit the 28-year-old employee from Everett around nine on a Sunday morning. The car was exiting the wash bay while employee was busy working on another customer’s car, and he did not see the car that was about to hit him. Continue reading

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Working on the side of a major highway is one of the most dangerous jobs in America. It is for this reason we see all of the reflective orange signs warning us to drive carefully as we are about to enter an active work zone. It is also the reason all workers are required to wear reflective orange and yellow clothing and be careful to stay clear of any approaching traffic. However, there is no question that no matter what precautions drivers and workers take to prevent injury, there will still be many serious accidents each years, and some accidents will be fatal.

mmftBzMIn order to help reduce the number of accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other governmental organizations, not-for-profit organizations, and insurance companies are regularly conducting studies to determine how to make the job safer. Obviously, insurance companies are primarily interested in worker safety, as it will reduce the total number of claims each year, and this will make their respective companies more profitable. Continue reading

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According to a recent news report from the Boston Globe, a worker was injured on the job during a renovation project in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston. Witnesses say employee was on second-floor scaffolding erected on the outside of the building when he hurt his knee. Normally, a knee injury on the job would not make news, despite the fact that it could have potentially devastating consequences for the injured employee. But, in his case, he could not lower himself to the ground.

mWynm5YHe found himself stranded on the raised scaffolding and had no way to get down. His coworkers called first responders, and Boston firefighters arrived on scene to help the injured employee get down to the ground and get medical treatment. Once Boston Fire Department (BFD) personnel got to the Charles and Revere Street location where the injured worker was trapped, they were able to use a large ladder to get him down and onto a stretcher. From there, they assessed his condition and transported him to a local Boston hospital for treatment. There has been no report as to how the worker injured his knee. Continue reading

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On June 10, 2015, an ironworker was helping to build a new parking structure at Boston Logan International Airport when he was involved in a serious on-the-job accident. Authorities say victim was on the third level of the parking garage under construction and was helping to secure a massive concrete platform to the structure.

mSeL02uWhile he was attempting to secure the concrete platform, it broke free from the crane that was suspending it, and the platform and the workers fell approximately 40 feet to the ground. In addition to serious impact from his fall, the worker was left trapped between the platform and an exterior wall of the garage. Continue reading

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Authorities say three workers were injured on the job in New Bedford, Massachusetts while they were renovating a three-story house according to a recent news article in the Boston Herald. The injured workers were on the third floor of the home trying to remove the porch. They were planning to remove the third floor and porch on the second floor, so they could install new windows on the home. While they were working to remove the porch, it fell off the side of the home, and the three workers fell around 25 feet to the ground.

mYDyjiyOne worker was 39-years-old at the time of the accident, and he and his 42-year-old coworker both reportedly suffered neck and back injuries. The two of them were taken to hospital, where they were treated and released.   The other worker, who is 34-years-old, suffered a leg injury, but he declined medical attention and reportedly told police he planned to drive himself to a local hospital later. Continue reading

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According to a recent news report from The Boston Globe, a worker in Brockton was injured on the job during a roofing project when bricks from the home’s chimney came loose and fell on one of the roofers working on the home.

mlJEPNiWitnesses say the worker was hired to help install a new roof on a two-and-a-half story home in Brockton. The worker was wearing a safety harness, as required by the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and local building codes while working on the roof. While the harnesses are very effective at preventing workers from falling of a roof, on this particular day, the line from the safety harness’s rig became tangled around the chimney. Continue reading

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While construction work has gotten a great deal safer than it once was, ironwork is still one of the most dangerous jobs in America. The job involves constantly working at dangerous heights with little protection, and also working around thousands of pounds of iron and steal that may collapse or shift at any moment in the event of an accident.

1626R-11328According to a recent article from The Boston Globe, an ironworker was injured on the job at Logan Internal Airport in East Boston. Authorities say the 53-year-old worker suffered a critical injury when he was trying to secure a concrete panel weighing over 30 tons. A crane was suspending the heavy concrete panel at a height of around 40 feet off the ground. It was being lifted to the third floor of a parking garage being constructed at the airport. Continue reading

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Most people are probably unaware that new airplanes contain airbags to protect passengers in the event of a crash. Normally, people are told to place their heads forward and brace for impact. These days, airplanes are being equipped with added safety equipment to increase the survival rates in the event of an emergency (crash) landing.

aircraft-interior-1438460-mAccording to a recent news article from KiroTv, the family of a worker is suing the aircraft maker and one its suppliers after their loved one was killed on the job at the airplane factory. Plaintiff’s complaint alleges employee was working for a contractor, which handles seat belt and airbag installment in the aircraft manufactured by Boeing.

As part of a pre-delivery inspection of the 777 with the buyer and manufacturer, the buyer noticed there was some problem with one of the airbag systems in a business class seat. Apparently, the airbag had discharged by itself and needed to be inspected and reset, and reloaded with a new airbag. The employee was called into the factory to work on resetting the airbag when the discharge mechanism caused an explosive inflation of the new airbag, which resulted in a serious head injury to the worker.   Following the accident, he was treated by emergency personnel and taken to a local level-one trauma center for emergency surgery, but doctors were unable to save him, and he soon died from his massive head injuries. Continue reading

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Sports fans in Atlanta will soon have two new stadiums to look forward to attending in the near feature. In the case of the Braves, Turner Field, which was built as Centennial Olympic Stadium in 1996 and then converted into a baseball stadium, is in its second to last year of operation. In the 2017 baseball season, the team will be using the new Sun Trust stadium north of Atlanta in Cobb County. The Atlanta Falcons are also getting a new home, as the aging Georgia Dome built in 1992 will no longer be used. The Georgia Dome currently hosts the NFL franchise and the University of Georgia NCAA team, as well as a soccer team.

mmftBzMThe New Atlanta Stadium, as it still called, pending the sale of naming rights, is being constructed in an area near the existing Georgia Dome and is expected to be something of a modern marvel when it is complete in 2017, complete with an estimated $1.4 billion price tag. The stadium will host the Atlanta Falcons, an MLS team. Owners hope it will be the sight for a future Super Bowl and possibly a FIFA World Cup. Continue reading

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According to a recent news article form NECN, a worker in Plymouth was killed when an avalanche of sand trapped and crushed him and the bulldozer he was driving. He was working for a sand and gravel company, and he and other workers were operating bulldozers and other heavy machinery to remove sand from a large pile that measured over 150 feet high.

bulldozer-757759-mMore than two dozen emergency workers from across Plymouth County arrived to help get the trapped workers out from under the sand. They used heavy equipment and teams of workers to try and unearth the bulldozer, but more sand and large rocks would fall on top of what they had just removed, making it virtually impossible to make any progress in a short of amount of time. As the day wore on, and the temperature became hotter, the sand would dry out, making it even more difficult to move.

Authorities say the were finally able to reach far enough into the large bulldozer to grab the employees hand, but quickly realized the 65-year-old man was nonresponsive, as he had been killed by the weight of the sand or possibly from asphyxiation. Continue reading