Articles Tagged with Construction Accidents

There is no question we are in the midst of a major opioid abuse epidemic in the U.S. Traditionally, the Greater Boston area always had more problems with heroin abuse as compared to many other areas in the nation. But now we are seeing more and more people struggling with addiction to prescription to painkillers that are opioid based.

While the effects of opioid addiction can be devastating whether a person is addicted to Oxycontin purchased at a local pharmacy or heroin bought in a hand-to-hand transaction on the street, many of those who have become addicted to painkillers started taking them as a result of an on the job injury.

workers' compensation attorney BostonOne thing to keep in mind is that an on the job injury can occur following a single traumatic event. But as our Boston workers’ compensation attorneys can explain, a workplace injury can also occur from years of wear and tear on the joints and human body.  We see repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) like carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), but we also see many cases where employees suffer serious back and joint issues as a result of working on a construction site or at other manual labor. These workers tend to be prescribed painkillers and they can become addictive, especially when they are over-prescribed as is a common problem in our area. Continue reading

Investigators are working to piece together what happened to cause two workers to suffer serious on-the-job injuries during a demolition project in Quincy, Massachusetts. According to The Boston Globe, these workers were helping do a complete demolition of the once historic Wollaston Theatre.

constructionsite2Authorities say that the local fire inspectors have warned something like this could happen, due to the type of building and sad state of disrepair it had been in prior to the demolition project. A deputy fire chief said that with this type of historic structure, everything has to be in a very carefully planned order. Even when it seems all these plans are meticulously mapped out and followed, something can still still go badly wrong.

In the Quincy workplace accident, teams of investigators with the demolition company, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and local health officials were working to determine what happened.  Continue reading

According to a recent news report form 7 News Boston, three construction workers were injured in an accident in Lowell, Massachusetts, just north of Boston. Lowell Police are reporting that three workers had dug a trench in the road to install a new natural gas line when a 76-year-old woman approached the construction site in her Mazda at high speed.

mYDyjiyAfter she allegedly failed to slow down or move out of the way the of the active construction site, she swerved to get around slower moving traffic and crashed into a Bobcat (small bulldozer) alongside the trench. This caused the Bobcat to spin around, throwing one construction worker high in the air. He suffered a large gash on his head. The Bobcat driver and another construction worker were injured when they tried to jump clear of the spinning piece of construction equipment. Continue reading

According to a recent news article from Mass Live, police are looking into a wall collapse that resulted in several construction workers being injured at a home in Merrimac, Massachusetts.

mjYB3LcAuthorities have said that just after noon, first responders, including police, firefighters, and EMTs were called in response to a report that second floor wall collapsed on the jobsite of home still under construction. When they arrived on the scene, they learned that the wall had fallen from the second story of the home and fell directly on top of several construction workers. Continue reading

Working on a construction site is one of the most dangerous jobs in America. We typically see accidents involving falling debris, workers falling from heights, and accidents involving large construction equipment. According to a recent news feature from Equipment World, a worker in Florida was killed when he was backed over by a full-sized bulldozer.

bulldozer-in-action-1548988Witnesses say the 27-year-old worker was on the jobsite constructing an apartment complex when the fatal accident occurred. The employee who allegedly backed over worker was 37 years old and told the media he did not see worker during the incident. As is required in all fatal workplace accidents, the United States Department of Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has been called in to conduct a full investigation into the cause of the worker’s death. As part of their investigation, they will work with local inspectors and possibly law enforcement to conduct a series of interviews or even formal depositions to find out exactly what happened. Continue reading

According to a recent article from WCVB Boston, a worker was killed when a construction lift tipped over. Federal safety officials say the fatal on-the-job accident occurred behind St. Mary’s School in Taunton. The construction lift was being operated on a slope at the rear boundary of the property, adjacent to the hospital.

mjYB3LcFederal and local safety inspectors are not exactly sure what happened in the accident in which this worker was killed. They do know, however, that what they are describing as a large aerial lift was on the slope when it toppled over, causing the death of a worker. There was a fence around the lift, which was partially crushed by the fallen lift, and the scene was somewhat chaotic. There were police, workers in hard hats, and safety experts everywhere. Continue reading

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

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

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

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