We all see road construction underway this time of year, but not everyone recognizes just how dangerous this work can be for those who choose it as a profession. These individuals are often exposed to speeding vehicles, hot, heavy and pinching machinery, and substantial heights. Though rules and regulations are in place in an effort to keep these workers safe, workplace accidents still occur. If an individual is injured on the job, then he or she may have a difficult time ahead of him or her.
Working with heavy machinery can be dangerous. One Massachusetts worker had to learn this the hard way after he suffered leg-crushing injuries when skid loader he was operating contacted a dump truck. The public works employee was crushed behind the loader's controls, and it took firefighters nearly 20 minutes to free him from the vehicle. Though the employee's injuries are considered non-life-threatening, that does not mean that they are not life-altering.
A worker's life should not be put at risk simply for him or her to earn a living. For this reason, safety regulations, equipment and systems, as well as extensive training, should be abided by and provided in an attempt to keep workers safe. Sadly, though, many employers fail to implement the appropriate safety measures. As a result, more than 50,000 hard-working Americans die a year due to work-related injuries and illnesses.
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.
Three Massachusetts workers were recently injured in a construction accident. According to reports, a roof fell inside the 33-story building where they were working, causing several floors to fall on top of one another in a chain reaction. There were 120 employees inside the building when the incident occurred, and, luckily, the three who were injured suffered nonlife-threatening injuries. Yet, this does not mean their injuries are not serious. One victim suffered a head injury, one injured his wrist and the third victim suffered minor injuries - specifics about the minor injuries are unknown. OSHA is investigating the accident.
Recently, one Massachusetts DPW worker was killed and another was injured in what officials are calling a "freak accident." The employees were dispatched to deal with a broken water line when the accident occurred. According to the Middlesex District Attorney, a backhoe was accidentally moved forward, causing the backhoe's stabilizer to strike the two workers. The injured worker remains hospitalized in stable condition.
Many times on this blog when we discuss workplace accidents, we often discuss those involving unsafe working conditions, including improperly maintained machinery, failed implementation of safety measures, and poor employee safety training. While these situations are quite serious and deserve adequate attention, there are other types of accidents that could leave one injured on the job. They are accidents caused by someone outside of the business that leave an employee injured.
Massachusetts's workers often put their health on the line to perform their job duties. They may be exposed to heights, speeding traffic, dangerous chemicals or pollutants, and fierce fires. Though employers are required to take steps to keep their workers safe, sometimes safety procedures are improperly implements, equipment not maintained adequately, and employees are not fully trained. Any of these mistakes can lead to a serious work-related injury.
Construction work is dangerous work. Employees may be injured or killed by errant machinery, collapsing scaffolds, and moving cars. Such an accident can cause serious injuries and may require a lengthy recovery period. Some workers will never recover from their injuries. Depending on the situation, an individual who suffers a work-related injury may be entitled to compensation for his damages.
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.