It is an unfortunate reality that many Massachusetts residents work in dangerous professions. Construction workers, factory employees, and police officers can all face real threats in the form of heights, moving vehicles, machines, repetitive stress, and other dangerous individuals. When an individual is hurt on the job, he or she may be left with significant physical and financial harm. The good news is that an injured worker can seek to recoup some of his or her financial losses through the workers' compensation system.
Almost every job poses safety risks. Yet, a prudent and diligent employer can minimize or even eliminate these risks by following established safety protocols and further encouraging a safe work environment. All too often, though, employers fail to adhere to these safe practices. When safety standards are not upheld, all workers are put at risk of being injured on the job. Fortunately, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, known as OSHA, inspects work environments to ensure they are safe and thus protect workers.
Many employers have implemented safety procedures to help ensure their workers are protected from the risks of their job. When an accident does occur and a worker is injured on the job, the employer should still seek to take care of that employee. This means forwarding Workers' compensation claims to its insurance provider so that benefits can be paid to the worker, helping ensure a full recovery. If an employer or its insurance fails to accept a claim, then an attorney should be sought.
Working on the roadways can be extremely dangerous. Cars pass by at a high rate of speed and machinery operates at close proximity. A seemingly minor mistake can turn into a devastating accident in a matter of moments. The injuries sustained from such accidents can make life very difficult. The victim may be unable to work and therefore cannot pay his medical expenses or other bills. Such a financial hardship can also take a financial toll. One Massachusetts worker may be facing this situation now.