Articles Tagged with Boston workers’ compensation

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After the Deadliest Catch premiered more than a decade ago, Americans grew increasingly enamoured with the idea of exploring the world’s most dangerous jobs in America.  While there are certainly some jobs that are more dangerous than others, most of the workplace injuries occur at jobs that are not likely to be the basis of a reality television show.

nitrogenOne of the types of employment that often results in an injury for which someone would file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits is factory work.  In many cases, we have people doing repetitive tasks for an entire day while standing and reaching overhead in uncomfortable positions.  This has resulted in many instances of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and other types of repetitive stress injuries (RSI) as well as other types of traumatic injuries such as cuts, abrasions and even amputations.  This can be a result of poorly guarded machines or it can just simply be an accident for which nobody is at fault. 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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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

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In Hudspeth Regional Center v. Mitchell, a workers’ compensation case from the Supreme Court of Mississippi, claimant was injured when she fell at work.  At the time of her accident, claimant had been working as a registered nurse supervisor for her employer.

stethascopeOn the day of her injury, claimant suffered a serious fall and injured her back.  She was taken to the emergency room following the fall and was later treated by various doctors and medical professionals as part of her prescribed treatment plan.  After six weeks of recovery, claimant went back to work in the same position as she held prior to the workplace accident. Continue reading

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Millions of Americans are currently suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), and many of these people have never even gone to get an official diagnosis and have never mentioned anything to their respective employers.  Instead, they choose to suffer on their own and will even go so far as to try home remedies or get braces and other types of supportive wraps from a local drug store and continue to suffer at work each day.

wrist-pain-3-1411523However, the pain from carpal tunnel syndrome does not go away at night for many patients. In fact, the pain can get worse throughout the day and keep patients up at night, and this will make the next day at work even worse than the previous one.  Before we discuss what you should do if you have carpal tunnel syndrome, the first thing to do is to take a look at the symptoms and causes of CTS. Continue reading

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When we think of the typical workers’ compensation case, if there is such a thing, we tend to think of an injury caused by some type of accident while on the job.  In some cases, we are talking to about an illness caused by chemical exposure or some other type of hazardous material including asbestos, but sometimes a worker is injured or even killed by the intentional act of another person or employee.  If this happens, the worker or his or her family can still file a workers’ compensation case in many instances, and that may be the only remedy available.

gunshot-300x225According to a recent article form NBC News, a deli worker in Queens, New York was shot and killed while working during an attempted robbery that went horribly wrong.  Authorities have said the robbery occurred at approximately 4:30 a.m. at the deli in the Jamaica neighborhood. Two gunmen are alleged to have come into the store through the rear entrance. Continue reading

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According to a recent news article from the Boston Globe, the Massachusetts workers’ compensation agency in downtown Boston is being urged to increase the speed at which it is handling the numerous claims from injured workers that come into their office on a regular basis.

worker3Recently, there was a hearing to discuss the problem, and there were around 24 injured workers trying to file claims, get a status on their worker’s compensation claims, and get information in general about the process that is causing them considerable problems and taking way too much time, according to many.  One such worker said he was working for a fruit packer in Chelsea, just across the Mystic River from Boston when he was injured by a pallet jack.  He told his boss that he need to go to the doctor because his back was injured and he was allegedly fired. Continue reading

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In every state, there is some type of workers’ compensation statute.  In Massachusetts, there is the Workers’ Compensation Act (WCA). This law sets out the requirements for workers’ compensation in most jobs. There are other statutes that apply for certain jobs, like firefighters, and, in some cases, there are federal statutes that apply.  For example, if a railroad employee is injured on the job, this falls under the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA).

oil-platform-1336513In Baker v. DOWCP, the question is whether the state workers’ compensation act applies or the federal Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) or the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA). Continue reading

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Demolition workers helping to tear down the former Wollaston Theatre in Quincy, Mass. were seriously injured after they became trapped when a wall fell on top of them. wall1

According to, the incident happened just south of Boston at a place that was once known by locals as, “The Wolly.” It opened in 1926, but was being torn down after it had fallen into disrepair and the site purchased in 2012.

The structural collapse incident at the 90-year-old landmark occurred when a 15-foot wall made of brick and steel collapsed during the demolition process. One worker was trapped on the ground and another hurt his arm after he jumped from a cherry picker. The man on the ground was reportedly stuck under 4 feet of brick and steel. Firefighters believe a steel beam probably saved his life. His torso and below were completely buried.  Continue reading

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A conveyor belt injury at a commercial bakery last year has resulted in a $140,000 fine from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) to a bakery. manufacture

According to reports, it was a simple task the resulted in an unnecessary injury. She was reportedly cleaning a conveyor belt and roller in December 2015 when her hand suddenly got caught between the belt and the roller and the machine began to pull her hand. She suffered numerous broken bones in her arm and hand, but thankfully did not have to endure an amputation.

A local OSHA office investigation revealed the company was in violation of the standard hazardous energy control guidelines. Specifically, the machine had not been turned off and locked out of its power source before starting the cleaning. But this wasn’t the worker’s failing. As it turned out, they had not been trained on how to do so.

The resulting injury and hazards were preventable.  Continue reading