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Are workplace injury accident victims prescribed too many drugs?

Injured workers in Massachusetts and elsewhere are often prescribed strong narcotic painkillers like Oxycontin to treat the pain that can accompany many injuries, such as back injury, neck injury and repetitive stress injuries. Now, a new study has revealed that many physicians who prescribe these types of powerful painkillers for work-related injury do not adhere to recommended patient monitoring guidelines. As a result, patients may use the drugs long term. Unfortunately, this can lead to addition.

Tragic death at Massachusetts construction site

What appears to be a tragic workplace accident occurred recently at a construction site on I-91 in Springfield, Massachusetts. The work-related injury victim was an employee of Liddell Brothers, a company contracted by MassDOT to perform work at the site.

Massachusetts worker trapped in cement silo

A tense rescue scene played out at a concrete yard in Holden, Massachusetts, when an employee of the plant became trapped in a 50-foot silo containing cement powder. It was not reported exactly how the man became trapped, but he was buried up to his chest in cement powder when he was found by rescue personnel. The injured worker was stabilized and given oxygen and was then safely raised by special equipment to the top of the silo.

Work can be hazardous to your health

Some professions are inherently more hazardous. Firefighters, construction workers, those in the fishing industry and farmers are among the more hazardous professions. Industry regulations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, are intended to monitor existing safety regulations and help to implement new ones as the situation warrants.

Could non-payment of workers' compensation become a felony?

Massachusetts employers with more than a certain number of employees are required to pay for worker's compensation insurance to cover their employees in the event of work-related injury or illness.

Massachusetts Supreme Court rules on workers' compensation

A recent ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Court reaches back to an on-the-job injury that occurred in 1980. The ruling addressed an appeal made by the state's Department of Industrial Accidents. The appeal stated that the amount paid should reflect a worker's Massachusetts employer, and not his most recent employer, based in another state.

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