A Massachusetts worker has died after sustaining a workplace injury. The 55-year-old man was an employee of the city of New Bedford at the time of his death. The workplace injury occurred when he was repairing a Bobcat and became pinned between the bucket and cab of the vehicle.
A co-worker found the man unconscious. Initially, that worker was assisting the man with the Bobcat repair, but left the scene briefly to retrieve something. The New Bedford commissioner of public infrastructure stated a hydraulic lift malfunctioned, and the bucket of the Bobcat hit the man in the back and pinned him.
He was transported to the hospital, but was pronounced dead about an hour later. Police have stepped in to investigate the accident and the alleged equipment failure. The mayor has stated the man's death was a 'great loss' and offered counseling for his co-workers. He had been a city employee for nine years.
When a workplace injury occurs in Massachusetts, it can result in serious injuries or even death. No word has been released about OSHA commencing an investigation, but it is probable since the accident resulted in a fatality. The man's loved ones may be entitled to workers' compensation as a result of his passing. Although finances are probably the furthest thing from their mind right now, compensation can help them as they make final arrangements and begin to move forward with a likely diminished income. Those affected may take some comfort in knowing that professional help is available to ensure that all benefits due are properly received.
Source: Boston.com, "New Bedford city worker killed in garage accident," Nov. 30, 2012