Fatal on-the-job injuries are a tragic reality for far too many families in Massachusetts. When this happens, workers’ compensation may be the most appropriate remedy, at least initially. Third party liability may still be explored, but workers’ compensation provides prompt, no-fault payment for medical bills, a portion of lost wages and funeral expenses.
According to a recent news story from Fox 5, a worker was killed when he fell into a collapsed cesspool. This 59-year-old victim was working a job in which was installing a new septic system, when the existing cesspool vault completely collapsed causing a massive hole in the ground.
Witnesses say that it appeared as if the man was swallowed by the earth in a split second. There was another worker who also fell into the newly formed massive crater, but he was able to climb out. There was no way to see victim, as he was covered in dirt and they knew he would not survive long due to the weight of the dirt and the possible lack of oxygen. Continue reading