A steel worker who was working at a Massachusetts job site has died after sustaining devastating injuries during a fall. The 24-year-old man was working at the site of a beverage processing plant being constructed in the Myles Standish Industrial Park when the incident took place. All construction sites can be deemed as dangerous workplace environments, and workers as well as supervisory staff make efforts to ensure the safety of everyone on these sites. In some cases, those efforts are not sufficient to prevent a fatal accident.
The steel worker fell approximately 40 feet in the accident. Foul play has been eliminated as a factor, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is continuing to investigate the incident. Local and state police departments are also involved in the investigation.
When a worker loses his or her life while on the job, the loved ones who are left behind are thrown into a tumultuous time. In addition to dealing with the early stages of grief, there are practical considerations to be made. These include handling the final arrangements for the deceased, as well as planning and coordinating the influx of loved ones who will come to pay their respects. When the deceased was a parent, there is an additional burden involved in handling the needs of the children.
Financial pressure often sets in as the days go by, and family members may feel overwhelmed with the onslaught of bills and expenses. Coupled with the loss of the worker's income, this can lead to serious financial strain in the aftermath of a dangerous workplace accident. Workers' compensation is there to provide financial relief, but families are often unsure of their rights in that regard. By working with a Massachusetts attorney who specializes in workers' compensation, families can ensure that they receive the benefits to which they are entitled.
Source: equipmentworld.com, "Steel worker killed in 40-foot fall in Massachusetts", Wayne Grayson, Sept. 23, 2015