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.
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.
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.