Massachusetts residents know that construction sites can be very dangerous work environments. Recently, in Northampton, a 56-year-old man who was installing and assembling some temporary modular office buildings at the Massachusetts Transportation Department Facility was tragically killed when he apparently became pinned between the buildings when one of them shifted during assembly.
According to recent reports, a 55-year-Milford man who is employed with Saint-Gobain Containers, Inc. is currently in the hospital after a propane tank exploded and he suffered burns to his face. The work related injury apparently occurred when he was filling up a forklift's tank with propane.
Recently, a Boston firefighter who was working on a five alarm cable system came into contact with 25,000 volts of electrical current. The work related injury occurred when the men were running cables near the Canterbury Street overpass. Somehow, as the cable was hanging from an overpass, the cable came into contact with a very powerful line that delivers electricity to the commuter train system. The firefighter on the ground received the electrical shock.
No company should be allowed to place profits above the safety of its workers. Recently, Progressive Gourmet Inc., a wholesale food manufacturer with a facility in Wilmington, Massachusetts, was issued a number of violations following an inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Reportedly, the investigation was prompted by a number of complaints the agency received from employees. These employees may have been concerned about suffering a work related injury due to the unsafe conditions of the plant.
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.
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.