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Two Massachusetts workers killed when crane falls


Some jobs in Massachusetts require workers to operate at extreme heights. Construction workers, for example, often conduct their job duties on roofs and scaffolding. When an accident occurs, employees may suffer a work-related injury. In the worst cases, a worker can be killed.

Sadly, two Massachusetts electrical linemen were recently killed in such a workplace accident. Reports indicate the men were working in an extended crane basket at a height of 140 feet when the crane truck tipped, causing the crane to crash to the ground. The basket carrying the two workers fell into a hole, resulting in a total fall of 170 feet. Both workers were lifeless when emergency personnel responded to the scene. OSHA is investigating the accident to determine if unsafe working conditions played a role in the accidents, but it may be several months until a final report is released. The company for which the deceased individuals worked, was fined by OSHA several years ago for serious violations related to aerial lifts.

Unfortunately, those who work at significant heights can be injured on the job in the blink of an eye. If an injured worker is fortunate enough to survive the mishap, he or she may be left with physical, emotional and financial pain. He or she may incur costly medical expenses and lost wages at a time when physical pain may be overbearing. These conditions can cause a great deal of stress and worry, leaving a worker looking for help. The same may be true for family members who lose a loved one to a workplace accident.

The good news is there is hope for these individuals. Workers' compensation may be received to help injured workers or their surviving families cover costs associated with the accident. Medical costs may be paid and lost wages may be recouped, allowing the victim or his or her family to focus and recovering physically and emotionally. Additionally, successfully filing a claim may bring unsafe working conditions to light, forcefully telling an employer that the work environment should be changed to better protect employees.

Source: The Boston Globe, "Officials probe cause of fatal Bourne crane accident," Jeremy C. Fox, April 14, 2014

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