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.
Every day, workers place themselves at risk of injury. It is a necessary evil, as these individuals need a paycheck and most work environments are inherently dangerous. Construction workers must be near speeding vehicles and builders must go to great heights. For this reason, workplace safety should be the number one concern for all employers. When safety regulations are not abided by, a serious workplace accident may occur that leaves a worker with a severe injury. One such accident occurred recently in Springfield.
Many Massachusetts residents go to work every day without much thought about the safety of their work environment. Yet, when something goes wrong and a worker is injured, the worker may be left with serious injuries, massive medical bills and an inability to work. These can be trying times, leaving an injured worker in physical pain and emotionally distressed. One Massachusetts worker may be facing these circumstances.
Despite significant improvements in workplace safety workplace accidents continue to be an all too common occurrence at worksites in Massachusetts and all throughout the United States. One industry in particular that has a high rate of work-related injuries is the construction industry. According to the United States Department of Labor and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, falls account for the most number of injured workers and workplace fatalities in the construction industry each year.
Burlington police officers have inherently dangerous jobs, and are prone to suffering serious injuries while working. Such was the case in an unfortunate accident that occurred recently in Forest Park, Massachusetts.
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.